Presentation Description: As more wind projects across the country seek incidental take permits from USFWS, the process by which the anticipated take of threatened and endangered bats is offset through mitigation has become better defined. Staying within the confines of these approved approaches can increase the speed and likelihood of permit issuance.
As part of this presentation, we describe the various components that go into the delivery of bat mitigation, along with the methodologies that have been approved to show the equivalence between take and mitigation. We also describe the nuances of how these projects are implemented in different USFWS Field Offices across the Midwest and Northeast, and the specific preferences and interpretations of the mitigation methodologies in each Field Office. We also introduce the REA model and explain how "stacking" of habitat can be implemented to mitigate the take of multiple at risk species.
Finally, we discuss the difference between permittee responsible mitigation (PRM), conservation banks, and In-lieu fee programs, and how each can be applied for an incidental take permit.