Newsroom Midwest Region

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2016

Contact:
Rick Amidon 612-713-5164, Rick_Amidon@fws.gov

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hosts Online Information Meetings on Draft Midwest Wind Habitat Conservation Plan

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is hosting two online webinars during the public comment period for the recently released draft multi-species habitat conservation plan for wind energy in the Midwest. The draft habitat conservation plan outlines measures for participating Midwest wind energy companies to follow to help reduce the nation’s carbon emissions and further sustainable energy independence while ensuring those efforts contribute to conserving protected bat and bird species.

The webinars will be held on May 24, 2016, and May 26, 2016.  Both webinars will be from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Central Time. For each webinar, the Service will present a 30-minute overview of the proposed multi-species habitat conservation plan and draft environmental impact statement. Following the presentation, the Service will hold a 30-minute question and answer session to respond to questions submitted in advance by webinar attendees.

Participants should register for the webinar by Monday, May 23, 2016. Attendees may submit questions when they register for a webinar, or anytime up to May 17. To register to attend a webinar and submit questions to the Service, visit: www.midwestwindenergyhcpeis.org.

You may comment on the Multi-Species HCP and the EIS using the Federal eRulemaking Portal at: http://www.regulations.gov/. In the search box, enter FWS-R3-ES-2015-0033, which is the docket number. On the left side of the screen, under the Document Type heading, click on the Notices link to locate the document and submit a comment.

You may also submit comments by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Ecological Services
Attn: Rick Amidon
5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 990
Bloomington, MN 55437-1458

The 90-day public comment period ends on July 14, 2016.

For more information about the draft Midwest wind energy habitat conservation plan, visit http://www.fws.gov/midwest/endangered/permits/hcp/r3wind/index.html