DOE and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will enhance collaboration in promoting the conservation of migratory birds. DOE manages land that includes wetlands, shrub-steppe, shortgrass prairie, desert, and forested areas that provide habitat for migratory birds. In the MOU, DOE recognizes that some of its activities have the potential to affect migratory birds (e.g., transmission lines, power poles, invasive weed control, and various construction activities), and agrees that it is important to conserve migratory birds and their habitats. The MOU specifically recognizes actions currently implemented by DOE that involve migratory bird conservation, including NEPA reviews of DOE actions and implementation of Environmental Management Systems. In the MOU, DOE agrees, among other actions, to engage FWS in the development and implementation of strategies to improve or enhance the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats:
- in the conduct of environmental cleanup activities at DOE sites,
- at ecological resource preservation areas across DOE sites, and
- at water impoundment structures (e.g., dams and retention ponds).
The MOU, signed and effective on September 12, 2013, will remain in effect for five years and is available at http://energy.gov/hss/downloads/memorandum-understanding-responsibilities-federal-agencies-protect-migratory-birds. For more information, contact Jane Powers, Office of Sustainability Support, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-586-7301 or Josh Silverman, Director, Office of Sustainability Support, Office of Health, Safety, and Security, at email@example.com or 202–586–6535.