Virginia Ecological Services
Northeast Region

County/City Lists

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. 

  1. Click “Initial Project Scoping
  2. Click the radio button for “State/county list
  3. 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).
  4. Select a county or city from the drop-down menu. (You can select a specific county/city or multiple counties/cities)
  5. Click the “Continue” button.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. 

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.