Chesapeake Bay Field Office
Northeast Region


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.

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Documents available for review are listed below:

Final Criterion HCP
Appendix A (CPCN Waiver)
Appendix B (Legal Description)
Appendix C (HMP)
Appendix D (Monitoring Plan)
Appendix E (FWS Template Language)
Appendix F (Incidental Find Procedure)
Appendix G (IA)
Criterion Wind Environmental Assessment

Last updated: February 4, 2014