Environmental Assessment: Western Snowy Plover Habitat Restoration, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
MANTECH SERVICES CORP FAIRFAX VA
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Pursuant to provisions of the National Environmental Policy Act NEPA, 42 U.S. Code 4321 et seq., implementing Council on Environmental Quality CEQ Regulations, 40 Code of Federal Regulations CFR 1500-1508, and 32 CFR Part 989, Environmental Impact Analysis Process, the U.S. Air Force Air Force conducted an assessment of the potential environmental consequences associated with eradicating non-native invasive vegetation from 440 acres of breeding habitat for the western snowy plover Charadrius alexandrinus nivosus, hereafter referred to as snowy plover, on Vandenberg Air Force Base AFB, California. The Environmental Assessment EA, incorporated by reference to this finding, analyzes the environmental consequences of eradicating non-native invasive vegetation from snowy plover breeding habitat. The EA considers all identified potential impacts of the Proposed Action and No-Action Alternative, both as a solitary action and cumulatively with other projects at Vandenberg AFB, and provides guidelines for the proposed activities to avoid adverse environmental effects. Additionally, Vandenberg AFB is a federal Trustee agency on the TorchPlatform Irene Trustee Council responsible for restoration planning and project implementation to restore natural resources injured by the 1997 Torch Operating Company, Nuevo Energy Company, and Back Hawk Oil Gas Company oil pipeline spill. This Finding of No Significant Impact constitutes final NEP A analysis by Vandenberg AFB for funding and implementation of the Sandy Beach and Dune Habitat Restoration Project as set forth in the October 24, 2007 TorchPlatform Irene Oil Spill Final Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment.
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