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DLNR taking testimony on habitat conservation plan for wind facility

Public testimony on the draft habitat conservation plan for the Kaheawa Wind Power II Wind Generation Facility will be taken at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room at the Pacific Whale Foundation at the Shops at Ma'alaea. The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will conduct the hearing.

KAHULUI - Public testimony on the draft habitat conservation plan for the Kaheawa Wind Power II Wind Generation Facility will be taken at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room at the Pacific Whale Foundation at the Shops at Ma'alaea.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will conduct the hearing.

The conservation plan is similar to one in place for the existing Kaheawa wind farm, but the expansion area is lower on the mountainside.

Kaheawa Wind proposes to develop a 21-megawatt wind farm on approximately 143 acres of state conservation district lands, southeast of the existing 30-megawatt wind farm.

The developer is seeking an incidental take license and approval for an accompanying habitat conservation plan under Chapter 195D of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Conservation of Aquatic Life, Wildlife and Plants.

The plan addresses takings of four threatened and/or endangered species: uau (Hawaiian petrel); a'o (Newell's shearwater); nene (Hawaiian goose); and opeapea (Hawaiian hoary bat). It details measures to minimize, avoid and mitigate injury to each species and measures to provide a net recovery benefit to each species.

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KAHULUI - Public testimony on the draft habitat conservation plan for the Kaheawa Wind Power II Wind Generation Facility will be taken at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the meeting room at the Pacific Whale Foundation at the Shops at Ma'alaea.

The Department of Land and Natural Resources Division of Forestry and Wildlife will conduct the hearing.

The conservation plan is similar to one in place for the existing Kaheawa wind farm, but the expansion area is lower on the mountainside.

Kaheawa Wind proposes to develop a 21-megawatt wind farm on approximately 143 acres of state conservation district lands, southeast of the existing 30-megawatt wind farm.

The developer is seeking an incidental take license and approval for an accompanying habitat conservation plan under Chapter 195D of the Hawaii Revised Statutes, Conservation of Aquatic Life, Wildlife and Plants.

The plan addresses takings of four threatened and/or endangered species: uau (Hawaiian petrel); a'o (Newell's shearwater); nene (Hawaiian goose); and opeapea (Hawaiian hoary bat). It details measures to minimize, avoid and mitigate injury to each species and measures to provide a net recovery benefit to each species.

Copies of the draft plan and license are available at the Wailuku Public Library or at www.state.hi.us/dlnr/dofaw in the announcements section.

Written testimony may be sent to the Division of Forestry and Wildlife, 1151 Punchbowl St. Room 325, Honolulu 96813, marked Attention Habitat Conservation Planning Associate, no later than March 23.


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MAR 16 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/25184-dlnr-taking-testimony-on-habitat-conservation-plan-for-wind-facility
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