Effective power pole mitigation for offsetting eagle take
Presentation Description: Retrofitting distribution voltage power poles to offset eagle incidental take is the only mitigation current approved by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The Resource Equivalency Analysis conducted during the eagle permit process determines the number of poles required as mitigation for estimated take. What is poorly understood by permittees and utilities is what type of distribution pole qualifies as high-risk to eagles. The USFWS is requiring risk justification for each pole to ensure the mitigation will offset the required number of eagles. Pole types, risk categories, and longevity and costs of retrofitting actions will be contrasted for successful mitigation for eagle permits. In addition, mitigation can be implemented as either permittee-responsible or through credits in a in-lieu fee program or mitigation bank, each with their own strengths and weaknesses for providing mitigation solutions.