Black-capped Vireo Delisted

In May 2018, the black-capped vireo was removed from the federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. The vireo was one of the eight endangered species that the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan and Balcones Canyonlands Preserve (BCP) were created to protect. The delisting does not affect the preserve – the land will continue to be preserved in perpetuity. However, landowners who wish to remove black-capped vireo habitat from their properties are no longer required to mitigate for the removal of that habitat. Before beginning a construction or clearing project, however, please check the habitat map to see if there may be endangered golden-cheeked warbler or karst invertebrate habitat on your property.

The Golden-cheeked Warbler and Karst Invertebrates

This information is provided to help Travis County landowners determine if these species may exist on their property and to provide guidance for landowners with additional questions.

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Travis County is home to a number of endangered species. The golden-cheeked warbler is a songbird that nests in central Texas and spends windters in Mexico and Central America. Six other endangered species are found in the limestone caves, sinkholes, and underground features of the Texas Hill Country.

The habitats for these species are west of Interstate 35. Activities east of IH-35 will not impact these species.

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For land west of IH-35, landowners may review the detailed mitigation fee zone maps online or in hard copy format at Travis County's Development Permit office. These maps illustrate mitigation fee zones in the western half of the county and are provided to help landowners determine if endangered species may be present on their property.

The Development Permit office is located on the 5th floor of 700 Lavaca Street in downtown Austin, Texas. Regular business hours are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm. Landowners may also make an appointment with us for additional information.

By federal law, it is a landowner’s responsibility to comply with the Endangered Species Act. Landowners with habitat on their property may address their endangered species issues in one of two ways:

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  1. Landowners may consult directly with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). USFWS may require that the landowner create a Habitat Conservation Plan and secure a federal Incidental Take Permit (also known as a 10a Permit) before beginning any clearing or construction. The USFWS Ecological Services office in Austin may be contacted at: 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758 (512) 490-0057.
  2. Travis County administers an alternative Public Participation processes referred to as the Balcones Canyonlands Conservation Plan (or BCCP). Under the terms of the BCCP, Travis County Natural Resources accepts and process applications from landowners, and generates mitigation fee zone maps of individual properties. Landowners are then advised about mitigation options that may best suit their intended uses.

Mitigation fee zone determinations applications are processed free of charge and do not obligate landowners to participate in the BCCP. Most determinations are completed within 2-3 weeks of receipt of a completed application. Information packets with more about the BCCP and the Public Participation Process are available at the Travis County Development Permit office or from the County's Natural Resources Program.

Questions may be directed via email or by mail: Natural Resources Program Environmental Specialist - BCCP, P.O. Box 1748, 700 Lavaca Street, Suite 540, Austin, Texas 78701.

* The BCCP does not address or cover impacts to any salamander species. Three federally listed species are known to occur in western Travis County: Barton Springs, Austin Blind and Jollyville Plateau salamanders. The last two of these were listed September 19, 2013. Participation in the BCCP through our application and permit processes does not cover your Endangered Species Act compliance needs, incidental take or mitigation for these species. If your project physically alters spring sites, potentially alters surface water or aquifer water quality or water quantity, flow or other hydrologic regimes, including fill or sediment introduction to the following drainages, then you are advised to contact the City of Austins Watershed Protection and Development Review Department at (512) 974-1862 or the USFWS at (512) 490-0057 before planning or proceeding with the project: Barton Springs segment of the Edwards Aquifer, Northern segment of the Edwards Aquifer, Trinity Aquifer, local alluvial aquifers, or Barton Creek, Cypress Creek, Bull Creek, Shoal Creek/Town Lake, or Walnut Creek surface watersheds.

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