Midwest States Get $3.3 Million for Habitat Conservation Plan

April 13, 2010

Washington, D.C. – Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today a grant of more than $3.3 million to the states of Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Missouri and Ohio for the development of a landscape-level, multi-species habitat conservation plan throughout the states that will provide conservation benefits to threatened and endangered species while accommodating wind energy development. The grant is awarded through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund, authorized by Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act.

As the demand for wind energy grows, this plan will provide a means for wind energy developers to avoid, minimize, mitigate and compensate for adverse effects to protected species such as the whooping crane, Kirtland’s warbler, piping plover, gray and Indiana bats plus several invertebrates and fish. The five states will work in collaboration with the states of Minnesota, Illinois and Wisconsin, the wind energy industry and The Conservation Fund to lead a strategic conservation planning process that focuses on combining species’ needs with potential habitat mitigation across the landscape.

“The Conservation Fund is pleased to partner with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the eight Midwestern states and the wind energy industry to create a first-of-its-kind habitat conservation plan,” said Kris Hoellen, director of the Conservation Leadership Network for The Conservation Fund. “This provides a better way forward for wind energy development that integrates economic and environmental goals.”

The plan builds on The Conservation Fund’s 20 years of experience in creating outstanding mitigation projects. Ranging from conservation real estate transactions and strategic conservation planning to community outreach and management of mitigation funds and banks, The Conservation Fund has demonstrated effective and creative solutions that have helped businesses and government improve our nation’s infrastructure.

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