Workshop: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines

December 1, 2020, 12:00-3:00 PM ET/9:00 AM-12:00 PM PT

Hosted by: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA)

Open to all WWRM 2020 registrants – join through the virtual meeting platform

 

Workshop Purpose

Provide an overview and improve understanding among key audiences of the USFWS Land-Based Wind Energy Guidelines (WEGs) that includes the background of their creation, the intent of implementation of the WEGs, the tiered approach to risk assessment, and resulting conservation benefits.

Audience

Workshop is open to all WWRM 2020 registrants. The workshop will target those with an interest or role in implementation of the WEGs; particularly practitioners from USFWS Ecological Services Field Offices, state wildlife/natural resource agencies, wind energy project proponents and contractors, and conservation organizations.

Agenda Overview (detailed agenda coming soon)

  • History of the WEGs: How they were developed
  • Purpose and Nuts & Bolts of the WEGs: Structured approach to identify and evaluate potential impacts to species and habitat
  • Eight Years In: The WEGs and wind project development

Anticipated Outcomes

  • Improve general understanding of the WEGs – their development, purpose, implementation, and roles of stakeholders.
  • Provide information to industry and states, USFWS, and conservation organizations on using the WEGs to improve communication and collaboration around wind energy.
  • Set the stage for future WEGs webinars and workshops and continued outreach, communication, collaboration and education related to the WEGs and wind project development.