Chapter 9 - Biological Resources

Critical Habitat for California Condor

For application of the Limited Surface Use Stipulation - Designated Critical Habitat and Proposed Critical Habitat (LSU - Protected Habitat)

On September 24, 1976, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a final rule in the Federal Register (Vol. 41, No. 187, September 24, 1976) designating nine critical habitat areas for the California Condor. Bureau administered surface or subsurface lies within five of these areas: Hi Mountain-Beartrap, Blue Ridge, Tejon Ranch, Kern County Rangelands and Tulare County Rangelands.

Hi-Mountain-Beartrap Condor Areas - Coast Management Area
T. 31S, R. 15E, sections 7, 18
approximately 520 acres federal surface and subsurface.

Tejon Ranch - Valley Management Area
T. 10N, R. 19W, sections 31, 32
approximately 40 acres federal surface and subsurface, and 240 acres federal subsurface only.

Tejon Ranch - Sierra Management Area
T. 11N, R. 17W, sections 2, 28, 34, 36
T. 10N, R. 16W, sections 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 18, 20, 22, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33
T. 10N, R. 17W, sections 2, 4, 10, 12, 14, 24, 26, 34
T. 10N, R. 18W, sections 2, 12
T. 9N, R. 18W, sections 12, 13, 22
approximately 80 acres of federal surface and subsurface, and 11,566 acres of federal subsurface only.

Blue Ridge Condor Area - Sierra Management Area
T. 19S, R. 29E, sections 5, 6, 7, 8, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 28, 29, 30
approximately 3,194 acres federal surface and subsurface, and 2,100 acres federal subsurface only.

Kern County Rangelands - Sierra Management Area
T. 25S, R. 29E, sections 5, 11, 12, 18
T. 25S, R. 30E, sections 6, 7, 8, 9, 17, 18, 19, 20, 34
T. 26S, R. 29E, sections 2, 6, 10, 18, 32
T. 26S, R. 30E, sections 2, 12, 22, 24, 26, 33
approximately 120 acres of federal surface and subsurface, and 4,760 acres of federal subsurface only.

Tulare County Rangelands - Sierra Management Area
T. 19S, R. 28E, sections 10 and 14
T. 20S, R. 28E, section 30
approximately 80 acres of federal surface and subsurface, and 120 acres of federal subsurface only.

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Proposed Critical Habitat for Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

For application of the Limited Surface Use Stipulation - Designated Critical Habitat and Proposed Critical Habitat (LSU - Protected Habitat)

On July 23, 1993, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (Vol. 58, No. 140, July 23, 1996) proposing the establishment of critical habitat for the southwestern willow flycatcher. Bureau administered surface and subsurface lies within the area proposed for Kern County, California:

Kern County: South Fork of the Kern River from the confluence of Canebrake Creek (T25S, R36E, Section 30) downstream to Isabella Lake Dam (T26S, R33E, Section 19), including Isabella Lake. The boundaries include areas with surface water (main river channel and all associated side channels, backwaters, pools, and marshes) throughout the May-September breeding season, and areas where such surface water no longer exists owing to habitat degradation but may be recovered with habitat rehabilitation. The boundaries also include areas within 100 meters (328 feet) of the edge of surface water described above. This includes areas with thickets of riparian shrubs and trees, and areas where such riparian vegetation does not currently exist but may become established with natural regeneration or habitat rehabilitation.

T. 25S, R. 36E, section 30, SW¼NW¼ and SE¼NW¼
approximately 10 acres of federal surface and subsurface, and approximately 10 acres of subsurface only lying north of State Route 178 and adjacent to Canebrake Creek.

T. 25S, R. 35E, section 34, S½SE¼
approximately 80 acres of federal surface and subsurface.

T. 25S, R. 35E, section 35, SW¼SW¼, SE¼NE¼SW¼, E½SW¼NE¼
approximately 70 acres of federal surface and subsurface adjacent to the South Fork of the Kern River.

T. 26S, R. 35E, section 4, SE¼SE¼NE¼ and SW¼NE¼
approximately 25 acres of federal surface and subsurface adjacent to the South Fork of the Kern River.

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