Grouse are considered an umbrella species because of their close connection to the surrounding habitat. The prairies and sage-brush where grouse reside are disappearing as a result of many stressors, including invasive species, climate change, and human development. Thus, any new disturbance or loss of habitat can significantly impact the species. Proper siting of wind energy facilities can avoid potential impacts to the species or their habitat, but it is likely that compensation measures will be needed to ensure there is no net loss. This webinar will bring together representatives from regulatory agencies, industry, conservation organizations, and researchers to discuss the regulatory landscape that guides decision-making around wind energy development and prairie grouse, and hear about the various mechanisms available to improve the availability of quality habitat.
Moderator: Cris Hein, NREL
- David Wolfe (Independent Consultant)
- Karen Tyrell (WEST, Inc.)
- Matt Preston (Bureau of Land Management)
- Kathleen Petter (Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources)
This webinar is a part of the Compensatory Mitigation for Land-Based Wind Energy series co-hosted by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the Renewable Energy Wildlife Institute. This series is focused on the third step, compensatory mitigation, in the context of wind energy development. This four-part webinar series will introduce regulations that influence compensatory mitigation for wind energy projects and explore real-world examples of how compensatory mitigation is applied in practice.
- REWI/NREL Compensatory Mitigation Webinar Series: Compensatory Mitigation Webinar 2: Funding Mechanisms, Online, 2 October 2023