• US Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Voluntary Guidelines for Assessing Wildlife Impacts of Land-Based Wind Energy Projects
  • March 15, 2011 | Author: Kevin Desharnais
  • Law Firm: Mayer Brown LLP - Chicago Office
  • The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) has published a notice of availability of its “Draft Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines,” which establish a comprehensive methodology for evaluating and addressing impacts to affected species as a result of land-based wind energy projects. Among other significant changes from prior guidance, the Guidelines include extensive requirements for pre-development and postconstructionmonitoring and apply expanded “adaptive management” concepts that could require assessment and implementation of operational changes on an ongoing basis.