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Conserving the Nature of America
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Eagle Permits for Incidental Take
The Service may issue permits for taking eagles when the take is associated with, but not the purpose, of an activity and cannot be practicably avoided. We refer to this type of take as "incidental take." The regulation authorizing Incidental take permits for bald and golden eagles can be found in the Code of the Federal Register 50 CFR 22.26
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Below are Environmental Assessments available for public review and comment. These assessments evaluate the impact of issuing long-term permits for the Incidental take of bald eagles. Information on how to comment and the dates of the comment period are provided below.
There are no Environment Assessments currently posted for public comment.
Below are Environmental Assessments for which the public review and comment has closed. The final environmental assessment documents and final decisions are included.
Black Oak/Getty Wind Energy Facility
About the project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) posted a draft environmental assessment and associated supporting documents for a request on an incidental take permit for bald eagles at the Black Oak Getty Wind Facilities. The applicant, AEP Renewables, LLC is requesting a 30-year permit under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. Take is requested for bald eagles at its 39-turbine facility southwest of Sauk Centre in Stearns County, Minnesota. The 30-day public comment period closed on July 6, 2020; no public comment was received. The permit was issued to Black Oak Wind, LLC on October 9, 2020. Final permit documents can be accessed below.
Applicant Prepared Eagle Conservation Plan (ECP), September 2020
Post-Construction Monitoring Plan for Black Oak Getty Wind Project
Record of Coordination with USFWS
Location and Viewshed Information on Eagle Survey Points
Review of Consistency with Pre-Construction Survey Protocols
Intra-Service Section 7 Biological Evaluation
Pleasant Valley/Grand Meadow Wind Energy Facility
About the project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) posted a draft environmental assessment for a request on an incidental take permit for bald eagles at the Pleasant Valley/Grand Meadow Wind Facilities. The applicant, Northern States Power (doing business as Xcel Energy), is requesting a 5-year permit under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act for take of bald eagles at its 2 adjacent 167-turbine facilities near Austin in southeastern Minnesota. The public comment period was open from December 13, 2019 to January 13, 2020. After review and incorporation of public comments the take permit was issued to the applicant on April 8, 2020.
Rock Creek Wind Energy Facility
About the project
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) posted a draft environmental assessment for a request on an incidental take permit for bald eagles at the Rock Creek Wind Facility in Missouri. The applicant, Rock Creek Wind Project LLC, requested a 30-year permit under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act for take of bald eagles at its 150-turbine facility near Tarkio in northwestern Missouri. A 30-day public comment period was open until January 8, 2019. After review and incorporation of public comments the take permit was issued to the applicant on April 14, 2019.