Presentation Description: Successful project permitting sometimes requires environmental mitigation efforts to offset impacts to wildlife or other resources. To help minimize and offset impacts to bald and golden eagles as regulated by the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) issues eagle incidental take permits (EITPs). These permits allow for the incidental take of eagles when properly mitigated.
Historically, finding an appropriate offset to mitigate for the incidental take of eagles has been difficult to accomplish, resulting in delayed issuance of permits. This has impacted both compliance efforts and the development of new projects.
Burns & McDonnell is working with the USFWS to develop an Eagle Protection and Offset Program (EPOP) which will offer a streamlined solution for mitigation required of EITPs. With support of the USFWS, the EPOP will be able to facilitates the infrastructure retrofits and offset credits, while providing a nationwide approach to improving circuits and eagle conservation.
Upon completion, participants will be able to: Understand and implement permitting tools which will streamline the process for bringing projects on-line, sever mitigation liability and will allow compliance and operations staff to focus on their core business and operations.