[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 192 (Wednesday, October 3, 2012)]
[Pages 60457-60458]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24401]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R3-ES-2012-N225; FXES11120300000F2-123-FF03E00000]

Draft Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan 
Within Eight-State Planning Area; Reopening of Comment Period

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Reopening of public comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), advise the 
public that we, in coordination with our planning partners, are 
reopening the public comment period for receipt of comments pertaining 
to the development of the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species Habitat 
Conservation Plan.

DATES: To ensure consideration, we request written comments on or 
before December 3, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Send your comments or request information by any one of the 
following methods:
    U.S. mail: Regional Director, Attn: Rick Amidon, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, Ecological Services, 5600 American Blvd. West, Suite 
990, Bloomington, MN 55437-1458;
    Facsimile: 612-713-5292 (Attn: Rick Amidon); or
    Email: midwestwindhcp@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rick Amidon, (612) 713-5164.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On August 30, 2012 (77 FR 52754), we, the 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), published a Federal Register 
notice to advise the public that we, in coordination with our planning 
partners, intend to prepare the Midwest Wind Energy Multi-Species 
Habitat Conservation Plan (MSHCP) under the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (ESA). The notice also opened a 30-day public comment 
period, which ended October 1, 2012. With this notice, we are reopening 
the public comment period an additional 60 days. More

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information pertaining to this planning effort can be found in the 
original notice.

Public Comments

    You may submit your comments and supporting documentation by any of 
the methods described in ADDRESSES, above.
    We are requesting information and comment from interested 
government agencies, Native American Tribes, the scientific community, 
industry, or other interested parties concerning the planning process, 
our permitting approach, biological aspects of the interaction of wind 
facilities and species, scientific data that may help inform the MSHCP 
or monitoring of impacts, and any other information that interested 
parties would like to offer.
    Please note that comments merely stating support for, or opposition 
to, the MSHCP under consideration without providing supporting 
information, although noted, will not provide information useful in 
determining relevant issues and impacts. The public will receive 
additional opportunity to provide comments on the draft EIS and draft 
MSHCP when they are completed. The Service will solicit comments by 
publishing notice in the Federal Register.

Public Availability of Comments

    Before including your address, phone number, email address, or 
other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be 
aware that your entire comment--including your personal identifying 
information--may be made publicly available at any time. While you can 
ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying 
information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be 
able to do so.

    Dated: September 18, 2012.
Lynn Lewis,
Assistant Regional Director, Ecological Services, Midwest Region.
[FR Doc. 2012-24401 Filed 10-2-12; 8:45 am]