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Habitat Conservation Plan for Indiana and Virginia Big-eared Bats
Beech Ridge Wind Energy Project

September 12, 2013

Beech Ridge Energy LLC and Beech Ridge Energy II LLC (collectively referred to as BRE) have applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) for a permit under the Endangered Species Act for its West Virginia wind energy project. The project is expected to have effects on the endangered Indiana and Virginia big-eared bats, and the company has agreed to conservation measures to reduce those impacts. These measures were initially outlined in the company’s draft habitat conservation plan (HCP), a requirement for the permit, and evaluated in the Service’s draft environmental impact statement (EIS). The Service requested public comment on both documents in 2012. Based on the public comments, the Service has prepared responses to comments and revised the EIS, and BRE also revised its HCP. Both final documents have been released today for public review.

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