U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Approves Addendum to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation Programmatic Biological Assessment
On August 20, 2021, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) approved a second addendum to the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation (FBIR) Programmatic Biological Assessment (PBA). The second addendum was necessitated by changes made to the assessment of the Dakota skipper, northern long-eared bat, eagles, and migratory birds.
SWCA Environmental Consultants has been selected by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to support its revisions to regulations related to renewable energy permitting and linear rights-of-way on public lands. The rulemaking supports requirements in the Energy Act of 2020 and Executive Order 14008 which prioritize the Department of the Interior’s need to improve all permitting activities and processes to facilitate increased renewable energy production on public lands.