Wind Energy and Wildlife: Comprehensive Species Mitigation to Streamline Permitting
Pulling the curtain back on the species mitigation permitting process
How does species mitigation work, how does it relate to key project milestones like habitat conservation plans and incidental take permits, and how does it affect project timelines? Drawing from case studies of completed bat mitigation projects across the Midwest, we’ll review what’s involved in working with local regulatory agencies to develop successful species mitigation projects that meet project timelines and satisfy permitting requirements. We will focus on the importance of developing trusted methodologies and relationships, as well as achieving project benefits beyond the streamlining of the permitting process.
This webinar is for project managers, environmental consultants, regulators, and anyone with interest in how species mitigation is evolving, especially concerning bat populations.
Dr. Alex Silvis | Environmental Specialist
Dr. Silvis is a federally permitted Indiana bat biologist with a decade of experience conducting bat monitoring studies and has helped develop successful bat mitigation projects across the Indiana bat range. Dr. Silvis is considered an international expert on the use of acoustics for bat surveys and serves as an advisor to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Dr. Silvis has over 20 research publications, including book chapters, on bat ecology and has delivered over 30 professional seminars to domestic and international audiences.
Tim Moritz | Regional Manager, Client Solutions Midwest Region
Tim has over 11 years of experience providing ecological restoration and mitigation solutions to clients in the Midwest and Northeast. With a focus on energy and development sectors, Tim has been highly active in providing bat mitigation solutions to Wind Energy clients and accounts within the Midwest Region. Tim’s varied background in operations and ecological project execution include large scale prairie and wetland restoration in the Midwest in addition to the construction of Pennsylvania’s largest stream restoration project undertaken.
Ben Cowan | Environmental Lawyer, Locke Lord LLP
Ben Cowan is an environmental lawyer with Locke Lord LLP in Houston, Texas and Chair of the Firm's Renewable Energy section. He serves as national environmental counsel to several of the largest renewable energy development companies in the United States, advising them on siting and permitting of wind, solar and storage facilities both onshore and offshore. In that role, he helps guide development of Eagle and Habitat Conservation Plans and other conservation and mitigation strategies under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA), and Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). He has obtained multiple incidental take permits on behalf of his clients for take of listed bats at wind energy projects, and is particularly sought after for his creative but pragmatic approach to difficult project siting issues, leading to his recent selection as an “Energy and Environmental Law Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal.
This webinar is sponsored by RES