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Midwest Wind Habitat Conservation Plan

 

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To meet the growing demand for rapid approval of wind energy plants, yet ensure conservation of federally-listed species, the Service and a coalition of eight states, The Conservation Fund, and representatives of the wind energy industry are preparing a Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. This is an incidental take permitting program for federally listed species that may be impacted by existing and future wind energy projects in the Midwest Region.

 

Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 11, 2015

We are opening a public scoping period for preparation of a draft environmental impact statement that will evaluate the proposed Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. We invite your input as we develop the environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential impacts of issuing incidental take permits for covered species under the multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan. The comment period runs from June 12 to August 11, 2015.

 

News Release

Federal Register Notice of Intent (4-page PDF)

Questions and Answers

 

You may submit your comments on the scope of the draft EIS for Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP and materials by any of the following methods:

 

U.S. Mail:

Regional Director, Attn: Rick Amidon
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458 

 

Electronically: Visit the Federal eRulemaking Portal:  www.regulations.gov. In the search box enter (Docket Number FWS-R3-ES-2015-0033).

 

Eight public scoping meetings will be held to allow the public the opportunity to talk with representatives of the Service, learn more about the process, and provide written comments.  The meetings will be held at the following dates and locations:

 

Date and Time

Location

Date and Time

Location

Monday
July 13, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Elliot Recreation Center
1000 E 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Monday
July 20, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Letts Community Center Gymnasium
1220 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI

Tuesday
July 14, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Dr.
Madison, WI

Tuesday
July 21, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Columbus Downtown High School Commons
364 South 4th St.
Columbus, OH

Wednesday
July 15, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Iowa State University
Memorial Union, Campanile Room
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA

Wednesday
July 22, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

World Sports Park Ballroom
1313 South Post Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Thursday
July 16, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Battle High School
Commons
7575 East St. Charles Rd.
Columbia, MO

Thursday
July 23, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center
Young Main Lounge
104 E. University Ave
Bloomington, IL

 

Additionally, an online webinar will be held on July 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m CST). Information on how to access the online webinar will be posted here as soon as it is available.

 

Covered Species in the Proposed Midwest Wind Multi-Species HCP

Federally-listed Species

Gray bat (Myotis grisescens) - Endangered

 

Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered

 

Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) - Endangered

 

Piping plover - Great Lakes Population (Charadrius melodus) - Threatened and Endangered

 

Least tern - Interior Population (Sternula antillarum athalassos) - Endangered

 

Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis)

 

Species that is Currently under Status Review

Little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus)

 

Federally-Protected Species

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act

 

About Habitat Conservation Plans

Frequently Asked Questions about HCPs

 

Fact Sheet - Habitat Conservation Plans: Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act

 

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Last updated: June 12, 2015