Virginia Ecological Services
Northeast Region

Project Reviews in Virginia

Step 2 - Official Species List

Use the Service's Information, Planning and Consultation system (IPaC) ( to determine if any listed, proposed or candidate species may be present in the action area.  Following the directions in IPaC, use the initial project scoping tool to generate a species list by selecting the map tool and drawing the delineated action area.  After selecting the appropriate project type, request an Official Species List.  The Official Species List will include all species that may occur in the vicinity of the action area and includes 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.  Do not use the state/county list tool for this review since it will list all species that may occur in that state / county and will not provide site specific information.  After completing the steps in IPaC, exit that website and continue below. 

(A). If the Official Species List species list indicates that there are no listed, proposed or candidate species found in the action area, add “ESA listed species” to your species conclusions table (MS Word Format), and put “species not present” in the conclusion column in the species conclusions table . Continue to Step 5.  Until the proposed project is implemented, check IPaC every 90 days to ensure that listed, proposed or candidate species information for the action area is current.  If any changes to the species list occur, you must complete this process for the newly identified species.

(B). If the Official Species List indicates that listed, proposed or candidate species may be present in the action area, add all of the species on the list to the species conclusions table (MS Word Format). Continue to Step 3.  

NOTE: Proposed species are any species of fish, wildlife or plant that is proposed in the Federal Register to be listed under section 4 of the ESA. Candidate species are species of fish, wildlife or plants 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.

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: January 27, 2014
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.