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Midwest Wind Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan


Wind turbines in a cow pasture in southwest Minnesota.

Photo courtesy of Warren Gretz; National Renewable Energy Lab


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 states, The Conservation Fund, and representatives of the wind energy industry are preparing a Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. If approved, this would provide for an incidental take permitting program for existing and future wind energy projects in the Midwest that may impact federally listed wildlife.


April 15, 2016 - Midwest Wind Draft Multi-species HCP and Draft Environmental Impact Statement

Available for Public Review and Comment

90-Day Comment period: April 15 to July 14, 2016

The Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement are available for public review and comment. Planning partners include the state conservation agencies from Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, the American Wind Energy Association, who is representing a consortium of wind energy companies called WEBAT (Wind Energy Bat Action Team), and The Conservation Fund. The Plan Area encompasses all lands within the States of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The covered species include six federally listed bat and bird species, one bat species that may be listed in the future, and the bald eagle. The activities covered under the multi-species HCP (“covered activities”) include the construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of wind energy facilities, as well as monitoring activities. In accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, the Service prepared a draft multi-species HCP draft environmental impact statement.


We are hosting two online webinars during the public comment period for the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and the Draft Environmental Impact Statement.

Public Webinars News Release


The purpose of the webinars is to provide you with information about the proposed Multi-Species HCP and Draft EIS. For each webinar, the Service will present a 30-minute overview followed by a 30 minute Question and Answer session, during which the Service will answer questions that were previously submitted online by webinar attendees. Please note, the deadline to submit a question to the Service is Tuesday, May 17, 2016 and the deadline to register for a webinar is Monday, May 23, 2016.


May 24,2016: 1:00 to 2:00pm (Central)

May 26, 2016: 1:00 to 2:00pm (Central)

Register to attend a webinar click here.

Submit a question click here.


News Release

Federal Register Notice of Availability Adobe PDF Icon


Draft Midwest Wind Multi-species HCP (identified as Public Review Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan - and the second document listed on the page)

Draft Environmental Impact Statement


Draft EIS Project Website

Draft Multi-species HCP Website


Covered Species in the Proposed Midwest Wind Multi-Species HCP

Federally-listed Species

Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered


Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) - Endangered


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


Piping plover - Great Plains Population (Charadrius melodus) - Threatened


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


Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) - Threatened


Species 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 pertaining to the Midwest Wind MSHCP


Habitat Conservation Plans

Midwest Endangered Species


Last updated: May 16, 2016