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Bald Eagle Permit: Non-Purposeful Take

Step-by-Step Guidance

Determining Whether Timber Operations and Forestry Practices May Cause the Non-Purposeful Take of Bald Eagles: Step 3


Step 3. Your timber operations or forestry practices and will incorporate the following recommendations.


•   Avoid clear-cutting or removal of overstory trees within 330 feet(100 meters) of both active and inactive nests at any time.


•   Avoid timber harvesting operations, including road construction and chain saw and yarding operations, during the nesting season within 660 feet (200 meters) of the nest.  The distance may be decreased to 330 feet around inactive nests within a particular territory, including nests that were attended during the current nesting season but not used to raise young, after eggs laid in another nest within the territory have hatched.


•   Selective thinning and other silviculture management practices designed to conserve or enhance habitat, including prescribed burning close to the nest tree, should be undertaken outside the nesting season. 


•   If burning during the nesting season is necessary, do the following:

    - Conduct burns only when adult eagles are absent from the nest tree. 

    - Take precautions such as raking leaves and woody debris from around the nest tree to prevent crown fire or fire climbing the nest tree.


•   Avoid construction of log transfer facilities and in-water log storage areas within 330 feet (100 meters) of active and inactive nests.


Therefore, the non-purposeful take of bald eagles is unlikely to occur.


You may print this page, then sign and date it for your records. This page documents that you are following the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's recommendations for avoiding the non-purposeful take of bald eagles.



Date: _____________________________________


These recommendations are valid only for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.


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Last updated: February 1, 2016