Conservation Plans and Agreements

Habitat Conservation Plan

Data Definitions

Woodlands Group LLC
USFWS Region(s)
USFWS Field Office(s)
Lafayette Ecological Services Field Office
Landowner completed mitigation but did not harvest all the timber. Subsequently they surrendered the ITP and entered into the RCW Statewide SHA.
NEPA Process
environmental assessment
Involved Agency
  • Date Information
  • Date Assistance Initiated
    Date Application Received
    No info
    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    Date Application Withdrawn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
    Springfield, Livingston Parish
    Listed Species
  • Woodpecker, red-cockaded - (Picoides borealis) Entire E
  • Non-Listed Species
    No non-listed species
    The Applicant's property is located in southeastern Livingston Parish, between Interstate Highway 12 and Lake Maurepas. The property is bordered on the east by the Tickfaw River and on the north by its tributary Lizard Creek, both of which flow southeastward to the lake. Marshlands border the property to the south, and small private in-holdings and agricultural lands occur to the west. The property was clear-cut in the late 1920's and left to regenerate naturally. Presently, 70 - 80 year-old loblolly pine dominate the overstory. A demographically isolated RCW population occupies the contiguous forested tract owned by the Applicant and an adjacent landowner and consists of seven RCW clusters (six active and one inactive). The Applicant's property is in a zone of prairie, stream, and marine terraces that were historically forested in longleaf, loblolly, and shortleaf pines, pine-hardwood mixes, and bottomland hardwoods. Suburban development is rapidly expanding in residential areas of both Livingston and St. Tammany Parishes, however, as city-dwellers emigrate from Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Those parishes are the second- and third-fastest growing parishes in Louisiana as measured by percentage population growth, according to the March 18, 2000, Baton Rouge Advocate. The population of Livingston Parish is estimated to have increased by 29.3 percent from 1990 to 1999, and that of St. Tammany parish by 33.5 percent (U.S. Bureau of the Census 2000).
  • Louisiana
  • Size (Total Area Covered, by State)
  • 971 acres (Louisiana)
  • Enrolled Size (Total Area Enrolled, by State)
    Data not available
    Encompassed Planning Area? (by state)
  • No
  • Acreage Protected
    No info
    Acreage Created/Enhanced/Restored
    750 acres
    Acreage Adversely Affected
    99 acres
  • Other Information
  • Applicant Type
    Land Use
    forest management activities
    4 years, 0 months
    HCP specifies the duration to be 4 years from the date of issuance (effective 7/21/2003 to 7/31/2007). Prior to the permit expiration, the Applicant filed for a nine year extension. No additional incidental take was requested. The Incidental Take Permit extension was issued on 11/29/2007 (effective 11/30/2007 through 11/16/2016).
    Reporting Frequency
    Annual monitoring reports will be required until mitigation is completed.
    Report Received Date(s)
    Monitoring Notes
    The monitoring report recieved in March 2004 includes data on seven recruitment sites established at Big Branch Marsh NWR. That data shows that six sub-adult RCWs were translocated to those sites on October 4, 1999 and that five of the seven recruitment sites were active in 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003. Mitigation was, therefore, completed in 2000. The minimization of impacts for this project required that the adult RCWs from the impacted clusters on Woodlands be translocated to Fort Polk before harvesting timber. Accordingly, the adult RCWs from three groups at Woodlands were translocated to Fort Polk on March 22, 2004. Preliminary reports suggest that each of the three groups remained at their respective recruitment cluster and two of the three groups attempted to nest. As reported by Fort Polk in June 2006, two of the three group moves were successful; the third group has not been observed by Fort Polk biologist following their release in 2004.
    Additional Notes
    The biological goal of this HCP is to establish 3 breeding groups of RCWs on the Big Branch NWR (the only RCW habitat suitable for mitigation within the same physiographic region as the applicant's property) to ensure no net loss of potential breeding groups in southeast Louisiana. Partnerships formed among the Service, state and private landowners during the HCP process will likely result in future establishment of additional RCW populations on private lands within the same physiographic region. Note: RCW nesting and foraging habitat were removed in one RCW cluster incidental to the timber harvest that was completed in that cluster. Although the Permittee successfully completed the required minimization and mitigation measures (including translocating adult RCWs from the Permittee's property to Fort Polk) by July 2004, the Permittee had not yet harvested timber (as of 8/14/2009) in the remaining two clusters covered by the permit. In 2007, the ITP was extended for 9 years. The landowner has subsequently pursued enrolling 2,047 acres (including the entire 971 acres covered by the HCP) in the Louisiana Statewide RCW Safe Harbor Program. Baseline surveys conducted in 2008 for enrollment in the Safe Harbor Program found two RCW potential breeding groups on the property (one previously undocumented cluster, and one previously inactive cluster that had become active). In 2010, the Permittee surrendered the ITP and enrolled the property in the Louisiana Statewide RCW Safe Harbor Program.
    Plan/Agreement Documents
    No info
    Federal Register Documents
    Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment and Receipt of an Application for an Incidental Take Permit by Woodlands Group L.L.C. in Livingston Parish, LA (06/28/2002)

    Report generated on: February 10, 2016
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