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Species List and Project Reviews in Maine

Welcome to the Maine Field Office's (MEFO) new species list and project review Web page! To better serve you, we are modernizing and streamlining how we respond to your requests for information about fish and wildlife resources. We ask you to work through the steps below. If you have any questions on the process, please contact Shay White at Shay_White@fws.gov or (207) 866-3344 Ext. 157

Remember we are here to help you. If at any step during the process you need assistance in interpreting biological information, do not hesitate to contact Mark McCollough, Wende Mahaney, or Laury Zicari.

Note that if your project is permitted, funded, or carried out by a Federal agency, that agency is ultimately responsible for making determinations under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service). If your project does not involve a Federal agency then it is your responsibility under the ESA to determine if your project would result in take of federally listed species. In this case, our project review process will allow you to determine whether or not federally listed species are present near your project. The process, however, is not designed to assist you in determining whether your project will result in take of any listed species. If you are concerned that your project might take listed species, please contact the Maine Field Office.

For wind energy projects (offshore and inland) additional review will be necessary to evaluate the project’s potential impacts to migratory birds, bats, eagles, and wetlands.  Use the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service national wind guidelines, Maine Field Office Guidelines, and the project review guidelines below. All wind projects must address the national and Maine guidelines, go through the project review steps below, and submit a complete project description to the Maine Field Office for review, regardless of the outcome reached in the listed species and eagle summary tables below.

For communication tower projects follow the self certification procedure.

For all other project types, the following instructions will help you to conduct a review for federally listed threatened and endangered species, candidate species, and federally designated critical habitat, and bald eagles that may occur in your project area.  At the end of this review process, you will be able to accomplish the following:  (1) expedite additional review by the Service if required; or (2) certify that you have completed required coordination with the Service under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884), as amended (ESA), and the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (16 U.S.C. 668-668c, 54 Stat. 250), as amended (Eagle Act). This process also provides information for your project review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347, 83 Stat. 852), as amended.

During the review process, you will be instructed to complete a "species summary table" (MS Word Format) and add information and documents, which will be included in your “project review package.”  Once you complete the review process, you may be required to submit the project review package to the Maine Field Office or the Federal funding or permitting agency.  Maintain a complete copy of the project review package, because it will become an integral part of your official record of coordination with the Service. Note that if your project is permitted, funded, or carried out by a Federal agency, that agency is ultimately responsible for making determinations under the ESA in cooperation with the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Through a series of five (5) steps, we will guide you through a process that will help you determine if your project may affect federally listed species or critical habitats for the ESA and bald eagles for the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act. The process will lead you to several web-based resources, and you will need to compile your information along the way on a "species summary table" (MS Word Format).

To begin your project review, proceed to Step 1.

NOTE: Items that are in blue bold text are links to additional information or to additional steps in the process.  We recommend that you read the entire step prior to making a selection or following the links.

 


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Last updated: October 2, 2012
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