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Midwest Wind Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan


Wind turbines in a cow pasture in southwest Minnesota.

Photo courtesy of Warren Gretz; National Renewable Energy Lab


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

News Release

Federal Register Notice of Availability Adobe PDF Icon April 15, 2016


Draft MSHCP and Draft EIS


Webinar presentation Adobe PDF Icon. from online webinars presented May 24 and May 26, 2016


Covered Species in the Draft Midwest Wind Multi-Species HCP

Federally-listed Species - links to information about each species

Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis) - Endangered


Kirtland’s warbler (Setophaga kirtlandii) - Endangered


Piping plover - Great Lakes Population (Charadrius melodus) - Endangered


Piping plover - Great Plains Population (Charadrius melodus) - Threatened


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)


Federally-Protected Species

Bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) - protected under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act


About Habitat Conservation Plans

Frequently Asked Questions about HCPs


Fact Sheet - Habitat Conservation Plans: Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act



Archives of previous federal actions pertaining to the Midwest Wind MSHCP


Habitat Conservation Plans

Midwest Endangered Species


Last updated: May 30, 2017