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News Release: March 30, 2011

FERC, FWS sign agreement on conservation of migratory birds

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have signed an agreement today to strengthen and promote migratory bird conservation.

The Memorandum of Understanding identifies specific activities where cooperation between FERC and FWS will contribute to the conservation of migratory birds and their habitat, and outlines a collaborative approach to promoting the conservation of migratory bird populations and furthering implementation of the migratory bird conventions, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Both agencies must ensure that the nation's development of energy infrastructure is conducted in a environmentally sensitive manner. FERC issues certificates for the siting of interstate natural gas projects, licenses for non-federal hydroelectric projects and construction permits for certain electric transmission projects. The FWS works to conserve, protect, manage and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the benefit of the American people.

The implementation of the MOU will be coordinated through continuing communication between the FERC Office of Energy Projects and the FWS Division of Migratory Bird Management.