County/city lists for federally listed and proposed species, federally designated critical habitat, candidate species, and species of concern, within the Commonwealth of Virginia are now available through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (Service) Information, Planning, and Conservation (IPaC) system. The IPaC system provides public access to the natural resources information for which the Service has trust or regulatory responsibility and is available from the IPaC system. County/city lists should be generated for informational and planning purposes only, and should not be used during project reviews (for project reviews click here). The lists that are generated include all federally listed and proposed species, federally designated critical habitat, candidate species, and species of concern that may occur within or be affected by projects within the county/city and are based on records of occurrence from the databases of the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Division of Natural Heritage, and are based on potential habitat.
To generate a county/city list, proceed to the IPaC Home Page and follow the steps below.
- Click “Initial Project Scoping”
- Click the radio button for “State/county list”
- In the “Select a state” box, select “Virginia” (this will cause the “Select one or more counties:” list to be populated with the counties/cities for Virginia).
- Select a county or city from the drop-down menu. (You can select a specific county/city or multiple counties/cities)
- Click the “Continue” button.
- Because the IPaC system was created for the primary purpose of project planning, you are asked to select the project type. From the drop-down list, select the type of project this list is being created for, or if it is a general information list, select “** Other **” from the list.
- Click the “Continue” button. This will generate a “Preliminary Species-list” for the county/city you selected. To save/print the list, click the “Save or Print the Preliminary Species-list” hotlink at the top of the page.
- You can enter a project name or click the “Generate PDF version” button. This will generate an Adobe PDF document that you can save/print.
You can also search by species to determine the current range of the species. The “current range” of a species includes the " areas in which the species is known to occur, based on the best available information.” This is available from the Environmental Online Systems (ECOS) by clicking here. From this website you can search for an endangered species by name. The species profile in ECOS provides the current range for that species, as well as detailed information on each species.