Online Certification Letter for Telecommunication Tower Projects
Dear Applicant for online certification of telecommunication tower projects:
Thank you for choosing to use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Chesapeake Bay Field Office (CBFO) online list request certification resource. This letter confirms that you have reviewed the conditions in which this online service can be used at:
You have indicated that your project is located on the following USGS topographic map(s)
Based on this information and in accordance with section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (87 Stat. 884, as amended; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we certify that federally proposed or listed endangered or threatened species may exist within the project area, however the telecommunication tower activities listed on the CBFO website will have “no effect” on these federally proposed or listed endangered or threatened species. Therefore, no Biological Assessment or further section 7 consultation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required. Should project plans change, or if additional information on the distribution of listed or proposed species becomes available, this determination may be reconsidered.
This response relates only to federally protected threatened or endangered species under our jurisdiction. For additional information on threatened or endangered species in Maryland, you should contact the Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Division at (410) 260-8540. For information in Delaware you should contact the Delaware Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program, at (302) 653-2880. For information in the District of Columbia, you should contact the National Park Service at (202) 535-1739.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service also works with other Federal agencies and states to minimize loss of wetlands, reduce impacts to fish and migratory birds, including bald eagles, and restore habitat for wildlife. Information on these conservation issues and how development projects can avoid affecting these resources can be found on our website (www.fws.gov/chesapeakebay).
We appreciate the opportunity to provide information relative to fish and wildlife issues, and thank you for your interest in these resources. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact Chesapeake Bay Field Office Threatened and Endangered Species program at (410) 573-4527.