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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

 

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Habitat Conservation Plans

Midwest Endangered Species

 

Last updated: September 29, 2015