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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.


Environmental Impact Statement

We are in the process of preparing an environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential impacts of issuing incidental take permits for covered species under the multi-species Habitat Conservation. We provided a public scoping period from June 12 to August 11, 2015.


For more information about the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP Environmental Impact Statement, go to www.midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org


Scoping Report - September 2015 (22-page PDF)

Appendix A: (30-page PDF)

Appendix B: Scoping Meeting Materials (46-page PDF; 3.7MB)

Appendix C: List of Commenters and Appendix D: Scoping Comments (165-page PDF; 3.8MB)


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) - Threatened


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



Archives of previous federal actions


Habitat Conservation Plans

Midwest Endangered Species


Last updated: September 29, 2015