Industrial Wind Energy on Forest Lands

SVN supports a ban on industrial wind energy projects in the GW National Forest due to the severe impacts of such projects on intact forested ridgelines.

SVN filed comments in January 2009, as part of the revision of the George Washington National Forest management plan, calling for a ban on industrial wind energy projects due to the severe impacts on intact forested ridgelines.

We believe wind energy development is unsuitable on the GW National Forest until:

  1. Technology exists that significantly lessens turbine effects on at-risk birds and bats and minimizes the habitat impacts of construction and access.
  2. Wind energy projects can be developed that have a minimal footprint on the landscape for scenic and recreational resources.
  3. Wind energy applicants can demonstrate that there is not suitable non-Federal land on which to develop wind energy.