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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Draft Guidelines Summary

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On September 13, 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released revised Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines, which provide wind-energy developers with a recommended approach for complying with applicable laws and USFWS regulations to minimize impacts on wildlife species. This article summarizes the Draft Guidelines and provides an overview of how they can be implemented by developing an Avian and Bat Protection Plan.

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  • Lucas Bare

    Senior AssociateICF International

    Lucas Bare has nearly a decade of experience in environmental planning, natural resources management, and wildlife biology. He has extensive experience with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), including scoping, technical writing, and editing environmental impact statements (EIS) for energy projects and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) resource management plans. He also has experience across a broad spectrum of natural resources management, conservation planning, environmental health, and biomonitoring projects, including extensive research, field work, and technical analysis. He specializes in habitat conservation planning and environmental effects analysis.

    Mr. Bare serves on the team developing the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan, the largest renewable energy conservation plan in the western United States, covering more than 22 million acres. His clients include local, state, and federal governments; renewable energy developers; and utility companies.

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Published: Dec 13, 2011
Source: ICF International

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