Species Lists and Project Reviews in Maine
This step is to determine if federally endangered and threatened (listed) or candidate species and their critical habitat are likely to occur in the action area. Canada lynx and Atlantic salmon critical habitat are designated in Maine. The NOAA Fisheries Service also has an atlas map book and GIS data for Atlantic salmon critical habitat available on their Web site.
Use the Service's Information Planning and Consultation system (IPaC) to determine if any listed or candidate species and their critical habitat may be present in the action area. (NOTE - IPaC does not currently have location-based information for Maine endangered and threatened species using marine habitats greater than 1/4 mile from the shoreline. If your project occurs offshore, contact MEFO). Following the directions in IPaC, use the initial project scoping tool to generate an Endangered Species Act (ESA) species and critical habitat list by selecting the map tool and drawing the delineated action area. After selecting the appropriate project type, request and print an Official Species List. The Official Species List will include all species that may occur in the vicinity of the action area, critical habitat, and a map of the action area. IPaC will also generate a list of National Wildlife Refuges in the vicinity of your action area. Print the PDF version of this Official Species List and add it to your project review package. After completing the steps in IPaC, exit that website and continue below.
Note: Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Service has sufficient information to propose them as endangered or threatened under the ESA, but for which development of a proposed listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities. The Service encourages consideration of these species in the environmental review process by avoiding adverse impacts to these species. Until they are proposed for listing, candidate species are not legally protected pursuant to the ESA, therefore any actions undertaken to avoid impacts or provide protection for these species are optional.
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