KCA was responsible for the development of a Programmatic Agreement (PA) between FDOT and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and MOUs between FDOT and Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC). The purpose of these agreements is to identify procedures and establish mechanisms for implementing future roadway projects and associated conservation activities in north Florida and the Florida Panhandle in a manner consistent with requirements of sections 7(a)(1) and 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended and Chapter 68A-27, Florida Administrative Code. The intent of the PA and MOU is to allow FDOT to undertake various types of activities without triggering the need for a project-specific Biological Assessment and formal consultation with USFWS or the need to conduct formal consultation with FWC on the management of species covered under these agreements. The PA and MOUs cover the following listed species: Choctawhatchee beach mouse (federal and state endangered), Perdido Key beach mouse (federal and state endangered), St. Andrews beach mouse (federal and state endangered), Flatwoods salamander (federal threatened/state species of special concern), Fat threeridge (federal endangered), Chipola slabshell (federal threatened), Purple bankclimber (federal threatened), Shiny-rayed pocketbook (federal endangered), Gulf moccasinshell (federal threatened), Ochlockonee moccasinshell (federal endangered), Oval pigtoe (federal endangered), Panama City crayfish (state species of special concern), Florida skullcap (federal threatened/state endangered), Godfrey’s butterwort (federal threatened/state endangered), Harper’s beauty (federal/state endangered), and white birds-in-a-nest (federal threatened/state endangered).
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