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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung Q Friday July O 9 Class of 35 The reunion of the 1935 class of New Braunfels High School was held June 24 at Schwamkrugs Owners of less than five acres get Endangered Species Act break Calling it a big step toward fair ness and certainty for American prop erty owners while protecting threat ened Secretary of the Interi or Bruce Babbitt praised President Clintons announcement July 12 proposing to lift restrictions currently imposed by the Endangered Species Pres Clintons announcement will be reflected in regulations to be pro posed by the Fish and Wildlife Service affecting residential property located in or near habitat for many threatened species In addition Babbitt announced in March a 10point pro posal including one that would seek to amend the act to extend the 5acre exemption to endangered species which is not possible under existing law and would require Congressional action The ESA is a powerful tool that has brought the bald eagle the gray whale and the peregrine falcon back from the brink of Babbitt said However we must do our utmost to make sure that the act is carried out in a way that is fair and flexible Ninetyfive percent of Americans reside on property of 5 acres or Babbitt continued Although very few homeowners have any problems with threatened species habitat this pro posal will offer property owners around the country an opportunity to plan to maintain and conserve habitat and to develop their property in most cases without fear of regulations I am committed to looking at this act for innovative ways that we can take the burden off small landowners homeowners and Babbitt said This can be done with a mini mum of adverse effects on threatened wildlife and may in the end encour age more conservation while it per mits more freedom from The proposed regulation also encour ages development of Habitat Conser vation Plans and casebycase review of larger parcels of commercial prop erty where development does not exceed 5 acres The new proposal creates a regu latory presumption designed to exempt many residential and lowimpact activ ities from future threatened species restrictions under the ESA The proposal would apply on a casebycase basis to species of fish or wildlife listed as threatened under the law and is expected to cover a broad range of small landowners who use their property as a residence want to develop or disturb 5 acres of land or less or who undertake activities that have a negligible impact on a given threatened species overall It would also establish a general exemption for activities conducted in accordance with a stateauthorized or developed habitat conservation plan for a threatened species Prior prohibitions have in some instances resulted in unnecessary restrictions and sometimes may have discouraged private landowner sup port for conserving threatened species Generally speaking residential property has limited habitat value for threat ened species Easing restrictions on small landowners whenever possible would make the ESA more userfriend ly while still providing for the conser vation of threatened species The proposal would not apply to situations in which cumulative adverse impacts to threatened species habitat from small landowners might be sig nificant nor does it apply to species currently listed as The administrations 10point proposal announced earlier this year asks Con gress for authority to extend such an exemption for endangered species which is not possible under existing law Threatened plants would not be covered under the new exemption pro posal because the ESA generally does not prohibit the taking of plants on pri vate lands Under the ESA a species can be listed as endangered in danger of extinction or as threatened likely to become endangered within the fore seeable The act permits more flexibility in the conservation of threat ened species than it does for those list ed as endangered The proposal would create a regu latory presumption in favor of new threatened species exemptions for res idential property and smallscale dis turbances of 5 acres or less Such exemptions would be applied to all species listed as threatened in the future unless the Fish and Wildlife Service concluded that the exemption was inappropriate for a particular species In that case the service would issue a special rule for that species that would contain either no small landowner exemption or a reduced exemption The service would also assess the effect of a small landowner exemp tion on the 111 fish and wildlife species already listed as threatened to deter mine to what extent the exemption might be appropriate for these species The service would later propose special rules to apply the new exemption where appropriate for alreadylisted species The proposed exemption would also encourage development of state habitat conservation plans by exempt ing any land use activity conducted in accordance with such a plan from fur ther federal prohibitions on taking threatened species under the ESA This provision could also apply to conser vation plans developed at the regional or county level under some circum stances The proposal is expected to pro vide considerable relief to residential landowners and small businesses as well as other landowners whose activ ities are found to have insignificant adverse effects on threatened species For example it would allow for clear ing and all types of use or maintenance on residential properties 5 acres or smaller in size It would also apply to commercial activities and to nonresi dential properties larger than 5 acres as long as the total area of disturbance overtime was limited to 5 contiguous acres The service will consider propos ing land use exemptions greater than 5 acres on a speciesbyspecies basis when warranted The agency has already proposed an 80acre small landowner exemption for the northern spotted owl The 80acres was war ranted in that case because of the adop tion of a comprehensive Federal Forest Plan to conserve the owl The proposed rule will be pub lished in the Federal Register in the near future Public comments are invit ed and should be submitted to Chief Division of Endangered Species Fish and Wildlife Service 1849 C Street NW Washington 20240 NEW BRAUNFELS SAFE CITY COMMISSION PRENATIONAL NIGHT OUT ACTIVITIES 79pjn welcoming ceremony at Municipal Building parking lot pjn Gang Task Force presentation in Council Chambers Department Open House 911 Center toursFingerprinting New Braunfels Poliw demonstrationPolygraph demo paraphernalia displayComal County Sheriffs Office static displays or inform tional displays demonstration in front parking lot of Municipal Building pjn Police K5 Schwabs to celebrate 150 years of family history in New Braunfels Descendants of Thomas Schwab born in 1818 in Michelsrombach Hesse Germany are celebrating his 150th year of arrival in New Braunfels and also the 150th year of the founding of New Braunfels which was so named by Prince Carl zu Solms when he arrived on Good Friday March 21 1845 after his principality of Braunfels Germany This will also be the 36th anniver sary of the Schwab Family Reunion Thomas Schwab being single age 26 signed an Einwanderung Vertrag immigration contract to receive 160 acres of land in Texas through the Adelsverein at Bremerhaven Ger many before he boarded the Brig Wesser on May 10 1844 Thomas Schwab along with 80 other immi grants arrived at the port of Galve There he was detained until Prince Carl zu Solms had selected a suitable harbor for disembarkation Carlshafen now known as Indianola was selected It was 152 miles to the land selected for the immigrants of the Adelsverein set tlement Due to shallow water Thomas Schwab got to Indianola on a schooner There he again was detained waiting for transportation inland by wagon train On the morning of March Thomas Schwab was riding on the first wagon to cross the Guadalupe River at New Braunfels more than 10 months after leaving Bremerhaven The celebration of the 150th anniver sary of the Schwab familys coming to Texas will be on Sunday Aug 13 1995 from 11 to 5 at the Hermann Sons Lodge Hall at Hwy 90 and FM 725 in Seguin For more details call Virginia Vet ter at 6254951 Vivian Zipp at 625 2056 Lillian Schneider at 9229190 or Evelyn Kneupper at 6560295 Willkommen guests Come join the Gesellschaft and Gemutlichkeit A new look for an old tradition The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung National Night Out 95 Activities Monday July 1 New Braunfels Police Department Open House 2 Static displays at corner of Civic Center parking lot Police Department Fire Department Sheriffs Office Highway Patrol Recycling ajnd Put on your Armor 3 Informational displays in Municipal puilding lobby including City Neighborhood WatchProbations InjuryVial of LifeSwift Water RescueHome andj Child SafetyPoison Alarms InformationGuadalupe Valley Council on Drug and Alcohol AbusejAir Life Helicopter InformationOther Information 4 Alamo Area Gang Task Force presentation in Council Chambers 5 Police canine demonstration in Munipipal Building parking area Tuesday August Neighborhood Block Parties Safe City Commission members visit parties and determine top program for 1995 Wednesday August Announce results of past two days activities and top neighborhood party for traveling trophy oes FUNFOODSPIRITS 1153 Oasis New Braunfels 6201234 OFF Onion Rings Coupon i fmm mm mm mm mm mm mm mm The Hunting Camp 1630Hwy 81W New Braunfels 6293528 T I I I I I Motor Company 699 W San Antonio St New Braunfels 6062361 BUICK OLDSMOBILE PONTIAC CMC TRUCK 971 Antonio St New Braunfels 6096227 GUADACOMA 1617 W Hwy 81 New Braunfels 6256977 IH35 at Walnut Ave In Walnut Square 6255165 NEW BRAUNFELS 386 W San Antonio St New Braunfels 6253451 PORTER GRAPHICS CiCTe The Best Pizza Value 121IH35 New Braunfels 6292424 Randy Kasberg 1287 E Common New Braunfels 6299387 Texas Commerce Bank 111 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