New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Project Review Step 4 - Suitable Habitat

Determine whether federally-listed / proposed / candidate species may occur based on the habitat present within the action area for each species on the ESA species list. Review the species information at our summary page and provided in IPaC, any information provided by NYNHP and NYSDEC, and any other sources of available information (e.g., habitat assessments) to determine whether the action area contains potential habitat for each species. NOTE: For some species there are specific time periods when surveys should be completed.

(A). If you conclude that potential habitat is absent within the action area, write “no” in the habitat present column for the appropriate species, and document what source(s) of information you consulted and the basis for your conclusion in the Notes / Documentation column of the species conclusions table. Add this documentation to your project review package. 

(B). If there may be potential habitat in the action area for a federally-listed / proposed / candidate species or if you are uncertain about whether the habitat types may support any listed / proposed / candidate species, a detailed habitat assessment is recommended. If the habitat assessment concludes that potential habitat is absent, write "no" in the habitat present column for the appropriate species, and include how you reached that conclusion in the Notes / Documentation column of the species conclusions table. Add the habitat assessment to your project review package. 

(C). If potential habitat occurs in the action area, species surveys may be needed. Submit results of habitat surveys and plans for species surveys with the New York Field Office.

  1. If surveys indicate species are absent from the action area, write “yes" in the habitat present column and "no" in the species present column for the appropriate species. Add the survey report to the project review package. 

  2. If surveys document that a species is present, write “yes” in the species present column for the appropriate species. Add the survey report to the project review package.

(D). If surveys are not conducted and potential habitat occurs within the action area, write "yes" in the habitat present column and "no current survey conducted" in the species present column for the appropriate species. NOTE: We recommend that you coordinate with us prior to moving ahead without species surveys.

Any conclusions you reach regarding habitat and species presence should be filled in for all species in your table at this point. If there are species on your list without conclusions, return to Step 3 and continue through the review process until you have conclusions for each species. When all conclusions are complete, continue to Step 5.

 

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Last updated: September 10, 2013
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