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What is WEWAG?     

Covered Species: Species addressed in the HCP and therefore included on the permit. 

Candidate Species: Under USFWS's ESA regulations, "…those species for which the Service has on file sufficient information on biological vulnerability and threat(s) to support proposals to list them as endangered or threatened species. Proposal rules have not yet been issued because this action is precluded…" (see 61 FR 7598).

Endangered Species: "Any species [including subspecies or qualifying distinct population segment] which is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range" [Section 3(6) of ESA, 16 USC Section 1532(6)].

Endangered Species Act: Federal legislation that provides means whereby the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend may be conserved, and provides a program for the conservation of such endangered and threatened species.

Habitat: The location where a particular taxon of plant or animal lives and its surroundings, both living and non-living; the term includes the presence of a group of particular environmental conditions surrounding an organism including air, water, soil, mineral elements, moisture, temperature, and topography.

Habitat Conservation Plan: Under section 10(a)(2)(A) of the ESA, a planning document that is a mandatory component of an incidental take permit application, also known as an "HCP."

Incidental Take Permit: A permit that exempts a permittee from the take prohibition of Section 9 of the ESA issued by the Service pursuant to Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA. 

Listed Species: Species listed as either endangered or threatened under Section 4 of the ESA (16 USC Section 1533).

Migration: Regular movements of wildlife between their seasonal ranges necessary for completion of the species lifecycle.

Migration Corridors: Migration routes and/or corridors are the relatively predictable pathways that a migratory species travel between seasonal ranges, usually breeding and wintering grounds.

Minimize: To modify an action or parts of an action to reduce the potential effects of the action or parts thereof.  Avoidance is considered a part of minimization. Second of three components of "mitigation," as defined in USFWS Mitigation Policy (See mitigation).

Mitigation: Under the ESA, the applicant must demonstrate that the applicant will, to the maximum extent practicable, undertake to minimize and mitigate the impacts of take of species.  According to the HCP Handbook, typical mitigation actions under HCP and incidental take permits include the following:  1) avoiding the impact (to the extent practicable); 2) minimizing the impact; 3) rectifying the impact; 4) reducing or eliminating the impact over time; or 5) compensating for the impact.

Plan Area: Lands and other areas encompassed by specific boundaries which are affected by the conservation plan and incidental take permit.

Range: The geographic area a species is known to or believed to occupy.

Take: Under section 3(18) of the ESA, "…to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct" with respect to federally listed endangered species of wildlife.

Threatened Species: "...any species which is likely to become an endangered species within the foreseeable future throughout all or a significant portion of its range" [Section 3(19) of the ESA].

Wildlife: Birds, fishes, mammals, and all other classes of wild animals and all types of aquatic and land vegetation upon which wildlife is dependent.

Wind Turbine: A machine for converting the kinetic energy in wind into mechanical energy, which is then converted to electricity.