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They include recommendations on: The authors would like to thank the California Energy Commission and California Department of Fish and Game for the approval to use their guidelines to create this document. This report has been reviewed and endorsed by AGFD as guidance.
The recommendations and protocols discussed in this report are intended to be guidance for developers and local permitting agencies to avoid, minimize, or mitigate their impacts to Arizona s wildlife. These Guidelines are voluntary and are not intended to implement, replace, duplicate, interpret, amend, or supplement any current statute or regulation.
Adherence to these Guidelines does not ensure compliance with any local, state, or federal statute or regulation, nor does failure to follow these Guidelines necessarily imply a violation of state laws. Please cite this report as follows: Arizona Game and Fish Department.
Local governments are encouraged to integrate the recommended study methods described herein with biological resource information and research unique to their region.
This document provides a science-based approach for assessing the potential impacts a wind energy project may have on wildlife species and includes suggested measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate identified impacts. The focus is primarily on bat and bird species because they are most likely to be affected by wind energy development.
However, wind energy development can also impact other wildlife; therefore, general guidance to avoid, minimize, and mitigate these impacts is covered in Chapter 4.
The document is organized around five basic project development steps: Determine wildlife protection laws and the permitting process. Gather preliminary information and conduct site screening. Collect pre-construction data using standardized monitoring protocol.
Identify potential impacts to wildlife and mitigation. Collect post-construction monitoring data using a standardized monitoring protocol. Information in the Guidelines was specifically designed to employ adaptive management to address local and regional concerns and site-specific conditions.
Decisions on the intensity of survey effort need to be made in consultation with AGFD. This document does not mandate or limit the types of studies, mitigation, or alternatives an agency may decide to require. Landscapes include a host of environments ranging from Alpine tundra conditions found on the San Francisco Peaks with an elevation exceeding 12, feet, and precipitation averaging 35 to 40 inches per year, to Sonoran Desertscrub where average rainfall can be as little as 3 inches a year and the lowest elevations are just above sea level.
Between these extremes exists some of the most diverse habitat in North America. These climatic conditions have given rise to some of the most interesting and unique species as well as adaptations. Therefore, species in Arizona may respond differently to wind development than their counterparts in other states.
The same environmental conditions that produce such an interesting array of wildlife and habitat have made Arizona very popular with humans as well.
Warm winter climates in the lower elevations of the state and cool summers in the high country, along with a myriad of outdoor recreational opportunities, have encouraged an ever increasing number of people to call Arizona home. This influx and increased outdoor activity has put tremendous pressure on land use and wildlife in the state.
Environmental managers are studying the long-term effects of increased human demands on our environmental resources.
In order to make sound management decisions, resource managers and developers must understand and appreciate the biological ecosystems being impacted.
Ecosystems are dynamic, so it is imperative the most current information is available for making decisions. Because humans now influence all ecosystems in Arizona, we need to plan responsibly to lessen impacts caused by continued development and economic growth. Using these Guidelines will promote scientifically sound cost-effective study designs, produce comparable data among studies within Arizona, allow for analyses of trends and patterns of impacts at multiple sites, and improve the ability to estimate and resolve impacts to wildlife populations locally and regionally.
Early and frequent communication related to potential impacts to wildlife is encouraged.
AGFD recommends that developers work with us throughout the planning and implementation of a wind project. This document focuses primarily on bat and bird species because those species have been highly impacted by wind energy development.
However, wind energy development may impact other wildlife species as well. For example, pronghorn antelope are particularly sensitive to humancaused habitat modifications and fragmentation e.
General guidance to avoid, minimize, or mitigate these impacts are covered in Chapter 6 Organization of the Document The Guidelines are split into five chapters: Chapter 1, Wildlife Protection Laws and The Permitting Process, offers information on wildlife protection laws to facilitate completion of the permit process.
Chapter 2, Preliminary Site Screening, discusses the actions a developer should take to assess the biological resources of a potential wind energy project and to determine which studies would adequately evaluate the impacts on wildlife.
Chapter 3, Pre-construction Survey Protocols, offers standardized survey methods, protocols, and recommendations for conducting the studies identified by preliminary site screening.Hamilton City Flood Damage Reduction and Ecosystem Restoration Project Phase I, Sacramento, CA Hamilton City is along the west bank of the Sacramento River in Glenn County, California, about 85 miles north of the City of Sacramento.
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