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Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan

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Below is a chronological list of previous Federal Register publications, with associated information materials, and other actions pertaining to the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP.

 

Scoping Report

September 2015

To prepare an environmental impact statement that evaluates the potential impacts of issuing incidental take permits for covered species under the multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan, we provided a public scoping period from June 12 to August 11, 2015. Comments received during that period were compiled into a report issued September 2015.

 

Scoping Report - September 2015 (22-page PDF)

Appendix A: (30-page PDF)

Appendix B: Scoping Meeting Materials (46-page PDF; 3.7MB)

Appendix C: List of Commenters and Appendix D: Scoping Comments (165-page PDF; 3.8MB)

 

For information about the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP Environmental Impact Statement, go to www.midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org

 

Notice of Intent to Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement

June 11, 2015

We provided a public scoping period for preparation of a draft environmental impact statement that will evaluate the proposed Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. We invited input regarding the environmental impact statement to evaluate the potential impacts of issuing incidental take permits for covered species under the multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan. The comment period ran from June 12 to August 11, 2015.

 

News Release

Federal Register Notice of Intent (4-page PDF)

Questions and Answers

 

Eight public scoping meetings were held to allow the public the opportunity to talk with representatives of the Service, learn more about the process, and provide written comments.  The meetings were held at the following dates and locations:

 

Date and Time

Location

Date and Time

Location

Monday
July 13, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Elliot Recreation Center
1000 E 14th Street
Minneapolis, MN

Monday
July 20, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Letts Community Center Gymnasium
1220 W. Kalamazoo St.
Lansing, MI

Tuesday
July 14, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Warner Park Community Recreation Center
1625 Northport Dr.
Madison, WI

Tuesday
July 21, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Columbus Downtown High School Commons
364 South 4th St.
Columbus, OH

Wednesday
July 15, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Iowa State University
Memorial Union, Campanile Room
2229 Lincoln Way
Ames, IA

Wednesday
July 22, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

World Sports Park Ballroom
1313 South Post Rd
Indianapolis, IN

Thursday
July 16, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Battle High School
Commons
7575 East St. Charles Rd.
Columbia, MO

Thursday
July 23, 2015
5 to 7 p.m.

Illinois Wesleyan University Memorial Center
Young Main Lounge
104 E. University Ave
Bloomington, IL

 

Additionally, an online webinar was held on July 28, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m CST).

 

For information about the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species HCP Environmental Impact Statement, go to www.midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org

 

Notice of Intent to Prepare a Multi-species HCP

(published Aug. 30, 2012 - comment period closed Dec. 3, 2012)

The Service published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Midwest Wind Multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan in the August 30, 2012 Federal Register.  The Notice of Intent let interested parties and the public know that we, in cooperation with our planning partners, are preparing this Multi-species HCP, and we would like to receive their input, suggestions and information at this stage in the planning process.  The Notice of Intent opened a 30-day public comment period that closed on October 1, 2012. However, a Federal Register Notice published on Oct. 3, 2012 extend the comment period to Dec. 3, 2012.

 

The Multi-species HCP would cover participating wind energy facilities in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

 

Public Comments Received on Notice of Intent

 

Comment Period Reopened and Extended to Dec. 3, 2012

News Release (Oct. 3, 2012): Comment Period Reopened for Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Midwest Wind Energy Facilities

 

Federal Register Notice (Oct. 3, 2012): Reopening of public comment period (2-page PDF)

 

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Federal Register Notice of Intent (August 30, 2012): Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan Within Eight-State Planning Area (2-page PDF)

 

News Release (Aug. 29, 2012): U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Seeks Public Input to Conserve Endangered Species in the Midwest While Encouraging Clean Energy

 

Questions and Answers: Midwest Wind Energy Habitat Conservation Plan in Eight States

 

Background

Wind, Bats, and Birds - - Region-wide HCP for Wind Energy Projects (2010 Article)

 

2010 Habitat Conservation Planning Assistance Grant to Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio

Development of a Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan for Wind Energy Development in the Midwest: $3,362,364.  Grant Proposal (72-page PDF; 2MB) - - The natural resource agencies within Region 3 will develop a landscape-level, multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan throughout the eight states to provide conservation benefits to listed species, while accommodating wind development.  The plan will provide a means for wind energy developers to avoid, minimize, mitigate and compensate for adverse effects to covered species.  As a part of the Habitat Conservation Plan, the five states will work in collaboration with the remaining Region 3 states (Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin), the wind industry, and The Conservation Fund to lead a strategic conservation planning process that focuses on integrating species needs with potential habitat mitigation across the landscape.

 


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Last updated: August 29, 2018