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Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Indiana
Indiana Bat HCP
Project sponsors of the Fowler Ridge Wind Farm in Indiana applied for and received an incidental take permit for Indiana bats. Under the Endangered Species Act companies may obtain a permit that allows limited take of threatened or endangered animals, provided an approved habitat conservation plan is in place. To receive an incidental take permit for Indiana bats at its wind energy facility, Fowler Ridge must follow the approved habitat conservation plan designed specifically to reduce impacts to the Indiana bat.
The habitat conservation plan developed by Fowler Ridge includes measures for the long-term conservation of Indiana bats. The Fowler Ridge Wind Farm currently includes 355 wind turbines in Benton County, with plans for up to 94 additional turbines. Two occurrences of Indiana bat mortality have been discovered and reported by Fowler Ridge during surveys at the facility.
HCP Monitoring Reports
The primary objective of monitoring is to determine if the minimization measures reduce mortality by 50% or more compared to turbines that operated normally (without minimization measures) in 2010.
Final HCP, EIS and other Documents
News Release: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces final Habitat Conservation Plan for Indiana Wind Farm (January 16, 2014)
Habitat Conservation Plan
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm Final HCP (167-page PDF; 1.5MB)
Appendix A: Fowler Ridge Wind Farm Fatality Monitoring Reports (377-page PDF; 7MB)
Appendices B to J (74-page PDF; 1.4MB)
Environmental Impact Statement
Fowler Ridge Wind Farm Final Environmental Impact Statement (213-page PDF; 3.2MB)
Appendix A: Notice of Intent (4-page PDF)
Appendix B and C: (59-page PDF; 4MB)
Appendix B: Public Scoping Comments
Appendix C: Agency Coordination
Appendix D: Bird and Bat Conservation Strategy (83-page PDF; 1.5MB)
Appendices E to H: (34-page PDF: 2MB)
Appendix E: Best Management Practices
Appendix F: Farmland Consversion Rating Impact Form (AD-1006)
Appendix G: Programmatic Agreement
Appendix H: Noise Modeling
Archived Documents and Information Materials from Previous Federal Actions
Fowler Ridge Wind Facility HCP - Project Background and Summary
Fowler Ridge Project Layout - Aerial Photo (PDF)