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Midwest Wind Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan
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. 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.
Covered Species in the Proposed Midwest Wind Multi-Species HCP
Species Currently under Status Review
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Last updated: May 4, 2016