July 16, 2008

Hearings on South County Conservation Plan Scheduled

By Loretta Kalb, The Sacramento Bee, Calif.

Jul. 15--Residents in Rancho Cordova and Elk Grove can weigh in tonight and Wednesday night on issues tied to wildlife conservation, agricultural protection and urban development in areas of south Sacramento County.

Sacramento County and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are holding two hearings -- the final in a series -- to help them prepare a draft environmental impact report on the potential effects of the planned South Sacramento Habitat Conservation Plan.

The two agencies are seeking to identify important issues and potential impacts of the plan that need study as well as to make recommendaions for mitigations and aternatives.

"The public's input is essential to ensure issues are identified at the beginning of the process, before the environmental review starts and before the preferred alternative has been selected," Sacramento County Environmental Analyst Peter Morse said in a prepared statement.

Previous meetings were held last week in Galt and in the Sacramento County administration building.

Tonight's two-hour meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. in Rancho Cordova City Hall, American River Room, 2729 Prospect park Drive. In Elk Grove, the meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall, 8400 Laguna Palms Way.

Those unable to attend any of the meetings may provide written comments to Morse at Sacramento County Department of Environmental Review and Assessment, 827 7th Street, Room 220, Sacramento 95814. Written comments are due July 30. For information, visit www.dera.saccounty.net.


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