Conservation Plans and Agreements

Habitat Conservation Plan

Data Definitions

Home Port on Winchester Creek Development Project
USFWS Region(s)
USFWS Field Office(s)
Chesapeake Bay Ecological Services Field Office
NEPA Process
environmental assessment
Involved Agency
  • Date Information
  • Date Assistance Initiated
    No info
    Date Application Received
    Date of Notice of Intent to Prepare an EIS
    Date Noticed in Federal Register
    Date Permit Issued
    Date Application Withdrawn
    Date Permit Expired
    Date Permit Denied
    Date Permit Suspended
    Date Permit Revoked
  • Area Description Information
  • Location
    Queen Anne's Co., MD
    Listed Species
    No listed species
    Non-Listed Species
  • Squirrel, Delmarva Peninsula fox - (Sciurus niger cinereus) Entire, except where experimental DM
  • Habitat
    The applicant, Winchester Creek Limited Partnership, of Chester, Maryland, is seeking an ITP from the Service, pursuant to Section 10 (a)(1)(B) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Take of DFS would result from the construction and occupation of 16 residential homes and associated infrastructure on a 56.6-acre parcel of land next to Winchester Creek, in Queen Anne's County, Maryland. The approval of this permit would authorize the incidental take of DFS on Home Port on Winchester Creek Housing Development through harm (e.g., the loss or degradation of foraging and dispersal habitat), harassment (e.g., disturbance by human activities) and direct mortality (i.e., vehicle strikes) for a period of 50 years. Habitat loss will consist of clearing approximately 0.5 acres of immature woods (5-6 year old saplings) providing marginal DFS habitat and degradation of 9.1 acres of fields providing foraging habitat. Take in the form of direct mortality and associated loss of reproductive potential has been calculated at 0.68 DFS/year (USFWS 1999, Appendix A). The Home Port subdivision has been designed to create an upscale community of waterfront homes. Fifteen lots of approximately 3/4 of an acre are clustered on the waterfront, and one homesite is located on a 21.5 acre lot. The single home on this 21.5 acres is located on a 1.5 acre building pad, with the remainder of the site deed restricted. Although each of the 15 lots is a riparian lot (owning to the mean high water mark), they are prohibited from constructing private docks and each lot is to be provided a boat slip at a community dock. The 21.5 acre lot may have one private dock. Permission will be sought to allow a 16th slip at the community dock, eliminating the private dock, but this may require a variance to the state/county Critical Areas Regulations.) The community dock is to be located in a small bay, between two points on the site and, thus, will avoid impacting navigation on Winchester Creek. The dock will be provided with electricity and water, and there will be on-shore bathroom facilities and a pump-out system for onboard holding tanks. All home sites are to be located within fields cultivated for many years. With the exception of a few scattered trees lying within the roadbeds, no mature trees are to be disturbed, and there will be deed restrictions to assure the onsite forest is perpetuated. Two of the lots have immature DFS habitat consisting of pine and other saplings that are 5 to 6 years old. This area is the only one onsite where woodland will be cleared, and is approximately one half acre in size. All non-tidal wetland areas on site are to be avoided. A 100' Shore Buffer, mandated by Maryland's Critical Area Law, will be established on all lots, and wherever possible has been expanded by creating an Environmental Buffer which is to be restricted and subject to the same use limits as the Shore Buffer. Lot owners will be permitted to have a walking path to the shoreline, but no other disturbance of these buffers will be allowed. The Environmental Buffers are shown on the plat and are up to 150' wide on some lots. The community will be served by public roads, and Queen Anne's County has agreed to a 15 mph speed limit so as to avoid or minimize possible wildlife mortalities via vehicle strikes. Public sewer service is being extended to the site by the developer, and each home will be served by sewer, avoiding septic tank pollution to both the ground water and the adjacent tidal waters that are tributary to the Chesapeake Bay. Although Estate Zoning would permit 26 homes on site, it would not be possible for them all to be waterfront unless there was significant intrusion into the onsite woodland. Such intrusion has been avoided, with the exception of the clearing of the = acre of sapling-size woods described above.
  • Maryland
  • Size (Total Area Covered, by State)
  • 56 acres (Maryland)
  • Enrolled Size (Total Area Enrolled, by State)
    Data not available
    Encompassed Planning Area? (by state)
  • No
  • Acreage Protected
    66 acres
    Acreage Created/Enhanced/Restored
    4 acres
    Acreage Adversely Affected
    9 acres
  • Other Information
  • Applicant Type
    private individual
    Land Use
    residential construction
    50 years, 0 months
    Reporting Frequency
    See monitoring notes
    Report Received Date(s)
    No info
    Monitoring Notes
    Management and Biological Monitoring: WCLP or, after houses are constructed, the HOA, agree to permit Service employees and representatives to enter the property at any reasonable time for the specific purpose of trapping, monitoring, and observing the DFS population. As described above, direct take of DFS is predicted to occur primarily as a result of vehicle strikes on the roads of the Home Port area with a much lower probability of direct take resulting from squirrels being killed by pets. It is initially the responsibility of WCLP, and eventually the responsibility of the Home Port HOA and the residents of the Home Port project, to report DFS that are killed or injured by vehicles or pets to the Service as detailed above. In addition to monitoring take by this reporting system, the WCLP funded a baseline inventory of DFS on the Home Port site to be conducted in the spring and fall of 1999. This inventory will be carried out according to the protocol contained in the Delmarva Fox Squirrel Recovery Plan, Second Revision, with revisions suggested by the DFS Recovery Team. The data obtained from this survey will be provided to the Service. The Service will use this data as the baseline for comparison with future studies, if such studies are required to determine the degree of success of this HCP.
    Additional Notes
    No info
    Plan/Agreement Documents
    No info
    Federal Register Documents
    No info

    Report generated on: February 10, 2016
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