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Biological Assessment for the Federally endangered bats

Jackson County, IL

Biological Assessment for the Federally endangered Indiana bat (Myotis sodalis), Gray bat (Myotis grisescens), and the Illinois State Endangered Southeastern myotis (Myotis austroriparius) and the Rafinesque’s big-eared bat (Corynorhinus rafinesquii).

Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) proposes to construct, operate, and eventually decommission a single wind turbine of up to 2.5-megawatt capacity on the west side of the SIUC campus, approximately 1,200 meters (3,937 feet) southwest of Campus Lake, in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois.  The Endangered Species Act (ESA) provides for the listing, conservation, and recovery of endangered and threatened species of plants and wildlife.  ESA mandates the USFWS to monitor and protect listed species.  Section 7(a) (2) of the ESA, requires Federal agencies to insure that any action they authorize, fund, or otherwise carry out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat.  Copperhead prepared the Biological Assessment for Indiana and gray bats, southeastern Myotis, and the Rafinesque’s big-eared bat in order to comply with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.; ESA) and its implementing regulations, 50 CFR Part 402.

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