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Tailored species lists (now available!)

For each Federally-listed Endangered and Threatened species, our species experts have determined the area within which any actions will need to consider potential effects to listed species and added it to our IPaC mapping system. Identifying these "may affect" areas for each species allows you to instantly receive a tailored list of species that may be affected by your project.

To receive a species list, you can choose to define an area by 1) drawing it on a map or 2) selecting the state and one or more counties from a list. IPaC then instantly generates a species list for your selected area.

At this moment, many of our offices generate species lists based on county-level lists. However, we are in the process of further refining this data. As time, data, and field office capabilities allow, IPaC will move from including entire counties to using more specific species polygons.  These polygons allow our biologists to define a specific area within a county or counties instead of having to select the entire county.

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The initial species list provided may be preliminary (unofficial) and for planning purposes only. However, you are given the option of requesting an "Official" Species list.

How the official list is provided is controlled by the local Field Office responsible for the area you selected. The Field Office may chose to:
  1. Have IPaC provide an automated Official Species List. If the Field Office has selected this option, once you click on the link to "Request an Official Species List" and provide your contact information, the official list is immediately emailed to you in pdf format.
  2. Have IPaC send a request for an official species list to the Field Office. If the Field Office has chosen this option, once you click on the link to "Request an Official Species List" and provide your contact information, IPaC emails a request for an official species list to the Field Office on your behalf. An email is also sent to you to let you know that the request has been sent and the list will be provided to you within 30 days.

In some cases, the local field office may have decided not to provide species lists through IPaC at this time. If a field office has selected this option, when you identify a location within that field office's jurisdiction, you will receive a notice that the field office does not use IPaC for species-list generation at this time. The field office's contact information and, if available, a link to the field office's website will be provided.

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Access to additional information

IPaC provides more than just a species list; it provides a tailored USFWS Trust Resources Report.

    When applicable, the Trust Resources Report will also include:
  • Designated Critical Habitat areas (now available!)
  • National Wildlife Refuges (now available!)
  • Migratory birds (future)
  • Wetlands Conservation (future)
  • Invasive Species Issues (future)

Each trust resource included in the report will have a link to more information. This information can help you determine how your actions may affect the trust resources.

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Reddish egret standing on beach within protected area.  Boom that has been installled to keep oil from reaching shore can be seen in background.
This image shows an example of a Nearshore Boom/Sorbent Installation conservation measure. Here, the boom has been placed adjacent to the beach, but as far offshore as possible. Photo credit: USCG/Patrick Kelley.

Recommended conservation measures (currently available in some areas).

IPaC can also provide you conservation measures. Conservation measures (CMs) are our recommendations on how to avoid, minimize, and/or mitigate impacts or adverse effects that may result from certain activities.

  • Conservation Measures are created by our biological experts and can be specific to such things as the type of activity, resource, or species.

  • IPaC will never replace our experts. It cannot perform complex biological analyses. However, providing you a list of CMs that may meet your needs, can help you improve your project design and can streamline your consultation, if one is necessary.

  • The initial list of CMs can be further refined in coordination with your local USFWS biologist during the consultation process.

The ability to access trust resource information and CMs while in the early stages of the project development process allows you to make better informed design decisions at a point when there is more flexibility to make minor modifications with minimum disruption of your project goals. This can help you with other permitting, approval, or financial processes.

More about Conservation Measures

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Location-specific Service contact information (now available!)

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IPaC provides you appropriate USFWS points of contact, based on the project location and species that may be impacted. This will save you time and ensures you contact Service personnel who are knowledgeable about the species and project area.

Soon, you will be able to choose to have someone from the appropriate USFWS office contact you. You will even be able to share basic information about your project, including documents or photos, so that our biologist will be more prepared when she or he contacts you. Eventually you will be able to provide detailed information and initiate the consultation process through IPaC.

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Save or Print Report (now available!).

You can save or print the Trust Resources report. The report includes:

  • USFWS Field Office Contact Information
  • Map of the area they selected
  • Trust Resources list (which includes the Federally-listed species) with built-in links to the additional information.

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Internet-based project information submittal (currently available for some project types).

IPaC will allow you to provide more details about your project. For example, you can tell us what activities will be conducted as part of your project. Providing us a greater level of detail allows us to better analyze the potential project impacts, and helps us customize the list of conservation measures our system offers you.

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Receive "no effect" determinations (future)

Initially, IPaC will offer you a report of trust resources your project may affect, given the project location and project type. 

In later phases, IPaC may be able to identify projects that won't affect listed species. If your project falls within this category, no further action will be required. Of course, this depends on the type of project, its complexity, location, the species involved, and a variety of other considerations.

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Access to Section 7 consultation guidance (future)

IPaC will offer basic section 7 consultation guidance in case you are interested in increasing your understanding of this process. 

A greater understanding of the Section 7 process helps to:
  • clarify expectations
  • facilitate negotiations

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Last updated: November 16, 2011
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