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Conserving the Nature
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.
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The Midwest Region includes Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.
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Project Planning and Permits
The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the voice for our nation's fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. We work with Federal construction agencies during project planning, permitting, and construction to ensure that impacts to our natural resources are avoided, minimized, and mitigated.
Some of the types of Federal projects that we review include highway construction, cell towers, mining, energy development, flood control, and navigation. All of these projects provide public benefits but they can also harm the environment without adequate thought and planning. When fish and wildlife resources are an included perspective during planning, impacts can be eliminated, reduced, and mitigated. For example, impacts from highway construction can be minimized by taking the least destructive alignment, minimizing rights-of-way, and including erosion control measures. The result is cleaner water and more natural areas for fish, wildlife, and us.
If you have questions about our review of specific Federal Projects, please contact our Field Office in the state of interest.
Resources for Project Planners
Bird Corridor Maps (Diurnal)
USFWS Guidance: Recommended Best Practices for Communication Tower Design, Siting, Construction, Operation, Maintenance, and Decommissioning (Aug. 8, 2016)
FCC Advisories: Opportunities to Reduce Bird Collisions with Communications Towers While Reducing Tower Lighting Costs (Jan. 6, 2017)
Information for Planning and Conservation
IPaC is a project planning tool which streamlines the FWS environmental review process
Section 7 Consultation
S7 Technical Assistance - Explains the S7 process and provides a step-by-step tool
Determine if Threatened or Endangered Species are in Your Project Area
Wind Energy Development
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