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Midwest Wind Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan
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.
Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement
The Draft Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Statement was available for public review and comment from April 14 through July 14, 2016.
- The plan area includes all lands within Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin
- Wildlife species covered in the plan are six federally listed bat and bird species, one bat species that may be listed in the future, and the bald eagle
- Construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning of wind energy facilities, as well as monitoring are activities covered in the HCP
- As required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Service prepared a draft environmental impact statement
Federal Register Notice of Availability April 15, 2016
Webinar presentation . from online webinars presented May 24 and May 26, 2016
Federally-listed Species - links to information about each species
Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered
Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) - Endangered
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)
Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act
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