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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.


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


We hosted two online webinars during the public comment period on May 24 and May 26, 2016. Here is a copy of the webinar presentation Adobe PDF Icon.


How to provide comments on the Midwest Wind Draft HCP and EIS

Please specify whether your comment addresses the Draft EIS, the Draft Multi-Species HCP, both the Draft EIS and Draft Multi-Species HCP, or other supporting documents. You may submit written comments by one of the following methods:

  • Electronically: On or after April 15, 2016, go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov/document?D=FWS-R3-ES-2015-0033-0011. In the Search box, enter FWS-R3-ES-2015-0033, which is the docket number for this notice. On the right hand side, see "Comment Now." Click on that button to submit comments.
  • By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Regional Director, Attn: Rick Amidon, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458.

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: June 30, 2016