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Revisions to Eagle “Take” Permit

Monday, December 16, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Deb Mortenson
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The Department of the Interior announced changes to regulations enabling USFWS to better monitor and address the long-term impacts of renewable energy projects and other activities on federally-protected eagles. In 2009, the Service began a permitting program under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act applicable to developers of renewable energy projects and other activities that may “take” (injure, kill or otherwise disturb) bald (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) and golden (Aquila chrysaetos) eagles. The Eagle Act allows the Service to authorize programmatic take of eagles (up to a 30-year permit), which is take associated with, but not the purpose of, an otherwise lawful activity and does not have a long-term impact on the population.

Final Rule available at: https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2013-29088.pdf.