The Importance of the Great Plains Wind HCP
The Great Plains Wind Energy HCP will replace project-by-project permitting for the wind energy projects identified for inclusion in the HCP over the course of many years. The proposed duration of the permit is 45 years. The plan area includes some of the most significant wind resources in the country. The HCP and subsequent Incidental Take Permit (ITP) will allow WEWAG companies to develop these wind energy resources while responding to the conservation needs of wildlife.
Wildlife conservation benefits of the Great Plains Wind Energy HCP include:
- Provides a comprehensive and integrated approach for conservation of whooping cranes and lesser prairie-chickens
- Supports large-scale, efficient, and predictable conservation measures.
- Defines a conservation approach that addresses changes in resource needs over time and space.
- Leverages conservation dollars from multiple entities to maximize conservation benefits.
- Provides an effective mechanism for monitoring and responding to cumulative impacts of development.
- Ensures that scientific rigor and the best available biological information are used to develop and maintain the conservation program.
- Clearly stated biological goals and objectives developed by species experts and scientists, which are supported by industry, federal and state wildlife agencies, and conservationists.
- Provides a centralized structure for accumulating and benefiting from experience.
- Provides a mechanism for monitoring results of the conservation program, and the ability to adjust conservation measures to ensure ongoing effectiveness and compliance.
- Conservation measures benefiting the species are supported by a long-term financial and legal commitment, ensuring they will be carried out.
For More Information
Download the Great Plains Wind Energy HCP Fact Sheet (PDF, 21,8MB)
See the USFWS HCP website
Visit the USFWS Endangered Species Webpage