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County approves plan to help endangered species
Environment County road maintenance will help conserve endangered butterfly and plant
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Yamhill County officials have taken additional steps to help the endangered Fenders blue butterfly and Kincaids lupine.
The Yamhill County Road Maintenance Habitat Conservation Plan is a partnership of non-federal parties to conserve the ecosystems both the species depend on.
As drafted, the Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) explains how the new measures will affect the federally-listed species, according to a press release.
The developed conservation plan will take place over the next 30 years allowing the county to continue maintaining roadways while working to preserve and enhance the habitat for the Fenders blue butterfly and Kincaid lupine, Yamhill County Commissioner Allen Springer said.
Both species are part of the upland prairie ecosystem found in portions of right-of-ways owned by the county.
The Fenders blue butterfly is an endangered species specific to the Willamette Valley and depends on the Kincaid lupine plant. The Kincaid lupine is a host plant to the caterpillar and is also a source of nectar for the butterflies.