Eurus Energy America Corporation (Eurus) is evaluating the feasibility of wind power development in Umatilla County, Oregon. The proposed Eurus Combine Hills Turbine Ranch (Project) is located in the rolling hills north and east of Vansycle Ridge west of the town of Milton-Freewater, Oregon. The proposed development could be up to 104 MW, depending on turbine model selected, electricity markets, transmission constraints, and results of site surveys.
In support of the environmental impact evaluation for the project, a detailed baseline biological resources study plan was developed and implemented at the site to assist in project design and for use in detecting impacts to priority resources. The following study plan was developed in cooperation with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) through meetings and review of draft documents. The plan describes the survey methodology and schedule for collecting data on natural resources on and near the proposed Project.
Studies conducted at the Project include surveys for sensitive and listed species, rare plant surveys, raptor nest surveys, raptor and other bird use surveys (year-round and migration periods), habitat and vegetation mapping, and general wildlife observations. The principal goals of the baseline studies were to: (1) quantitatively describe the temporal and spatial use by birds and sensitive wildlife species of the study area; and (2) provide baseline information on these species and their habitat sufficient to use in evaluating the probable impact of wind power development in the area.