Virginia Ecological Services
Northeast Region

Project Reviews in Virginia

This on-line project review process is intended for use by landowners, applicants, consultants, agency personnel, and any other individual or entity requiring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) review or approval of their project within the Commonwealth of Virginia. You should complete this on-line process before contacting our office.

Through this process, you will follow step-by-step guidance and access information that will allow you to identify threatened and endangered species, designated critical habitat, and other Federal trust resources that may be affected by your project. You will be able to assess whether your project is likely to affect these resources. This process is intended to provide quick and accurate determinations and information to help ensure that trust resources are considered and conserved while planning and conducting activities.

If upon completion of this process you determine that your project is unlikely to affect these resources, you can certify your determination, and no further coordination will be required. If your project may affect these resources, the review package developed through the process will expedite further review when it is submitted to our office.

Because the website and information is frequently updated to provide new trust resource information and methods to review projects, refer to the website for each project review to ensure that current information is utilized.

Click here to begin the "Project Review Process"

ISSUES: 10/28/2013 - No known issues at this time.

Recent Updates:
10/28/2013 Fluted kidneyshell (Ptychobranchus subtentum) and slabside pearlymussel (Lexingtonia dolabelloides) listing as endangered with critical habitat designated.
10/02/2013 Northern long-eared bat (Myotis septentrionalis) proposed for listing as endangered. Added to the Species in Virginia document and the Service's IPaC database.
09/30/2013 Rufa red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) proposed for listing as threatened with designated critical habitat. Added to the Species in Virginia document and the Service's IPaC database.
09/10/2013 Federally listed endangered Roan Mountain bluet (Hedyotis purpurea var. montana) added to the Species in Virginia document and the Service's IPaC database.
03/04/2013 Service reinstates removal of Virginia northern flying squirrel (Glaucomys sabrinus fuscus) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act.
03/01/2013 Virginia Field Office's Bald Eagle Map Tool added to project review process - will assist in determining if a project is within an eagle concentration area.
02/25/2013 Approved Surveyor lists updated. New lists for red-cockaded woodpecker and northeastern bulrush added. Please verify your contact information if on any lists.
01/07/2013 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for Peter's mountain mallow
12/19/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for small whorled pogonia
12/12/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for Eastern prairie fringed orchid
10/16/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for Virginia round-leaf birch
06/06/2012 IPaC Sec 7 ranges updated for cracking pearlymussel and rough rabbitsfoot
04/05/2012 IPaC Sec 7 ranges for: Appalachian monkeyface, Cumberland bean, Cumberland monkeyface, Cumberlandian combshell, dromedary pearlymussel, fanshell, fine-rayed pigtoe, green blossom, little-wing pearlymussel, pink mucket, purple bean, rough pigtoe, shiny pigtoe, tan riffleshell, blackside dace, duskytail darter, spotfin chub, yellowfin madtom
01/30/2012 New: Optimal Survey Time Frames for Plants (see side panel under SURVEYS)
01/17/2012 Split Step 7 of Project Review Process and created Step 8
01/10/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for small whorled pogonia
01/09/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for Lee County Cave isopod
01/07/2012 IPaC Sec 7 range updated for oyster mussel

Project Reviews
Step 1 - Action Area

Step 2 - Official Species List
Step 3 - State Coordination
Step 4 - Suitable Habitat
Step 5 - Critical Habitat
Step 6a - Eagle Nests
Step 6b - Eagle Concentration Areas
Step 7 - Determinations

Step 8 - Project Review Package

Endangered Species

- Species in Virginia
- Species by County/City
- Species Fact Sheets

Critical Habitat
- What is it ?
- Critical Habitat Mapper

Permits & HCPs
- Endangered Species Permits
- Warren Co. Power Station Low Effect HCP

General Info
- Plants and the ESA
- Bald Eagle Information
- Mussel Guidelines
- Northern Long-eared Bat Interim Conference and Planning Guidance (PDF - 1.2MB)

Communication Towers
- Service Guidance on the Siting, Construction, Operation and Decommissioning of Communication Towers

Surveys/Habitat Assessments
- Approved Surveyors (for federally listed species & karst geology in Virginia)
- How to be a Surveyor
- Optimal Survey Times: PLANTS
- How long is an ANIMAL survey valid?
- How long is a PLANT survey valid?
- 2014 Indiana Bat Summer Survey Guidance

Last updated: February 13, 2014
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.