Habitat Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment
The Service issued an incidental take permit and approved a habitat conservation plan for the endangered Indiana bat for Criterion's 28 wind turbine project located along Backbone Mountain in Garrett County, Maryland. The permit covers take of 12 Indiana bats associated with turbine operations over a 20 year period. The company has committed to applying conservation measures to minimize impacts to Indiana bats, birds, and other bat species. Unavoidable impacts to Indiana bats will be mitigated with a cave gating project in the Appalachian Recovery Unit.