That is the intent. Lupine prefers open, sunny fast draining soil. To have larger patches of Lupine, you have to open the canopy. Larger patches of Lupine mean better reproduction rates of the Karner.
They really need to look to Right-of-way “corrodor” habitat improvement. Under ground pipelines and overhead transmission lines are great open areas to work on. That’s why I say the CMS Energy should get involved.
Why are we worried about the extinction of a butterfly?
What happened when the last species went extinct?
We need to drop the ESA for a more reasonable definitions at the genus or family level.
Do they need to strip clear all 2,900 acres? A quick topographical study would indicate certain sands and drainage areas that would support Lupine. Heck, there is probably a study already on the county books.
Guess it really isn’t that big of a parcel, 2 1/4 miles squared. But still.