Habitat Conservation Plan for Indiana and Virginia Big-eared Bats
Beech Ridge Wind Energy Project
December 5, 2013
On December 5, 2013, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final agency decision approving the habitat conservation plan and issuing an incidental take permit for the Beech Ridge Wind Energy Project. In making a permit issuance decision, the Service prepared an analysis of whether the final permit meets the permit issuance criteria, as well as a biological opinion considering whether the issuance of the permit is likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the Indiana bat and Virginia big-eared bat or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat.
On September 13, 2013, the Service published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of a final environmental impact statement (EIS), response to comments, and final habitat conservation plan (HCP) for the project.
The final EIS and HCP, as well as other related documents, from September 2013 are below. Additionally, the December 2013 permit, findings, record of decision, biological opinion, implementing agreement, and a document listing updates to the final HCP, have been added.
Please click on the links below to view the documents. You also may access the documents on the Federal eRulemaking portal by searching for docket # FWS-R-5-ES-2012-0059 at http://www.regulations.gov.
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