Federal agencies consult with us to avoid jeopardizing listed species. These consultations are under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Agencies also consult to avoid harming critical habitat. See our main Consultations page for general information.
Whenever possible, we do a programmatic consultation that addresses multiple projects. These opinions typically cover small projects. They require that applicants take specific steps to protect endangered species.
Projects that fit these criteria can go through a streamlined process.
Major Programmatic Consultations:
Click on the links below to access some of our programmatic biological opinions.
Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Programmatic Formal Consultation on the Natural Resources Conservation Service's Conservation Practices in Alameda County, California (1.94 MB PDF)
Giant Garter Snake
- Biological Opinion (91 KB PDF)
- Replacement and Restoration Guidelines (35 KB PDF)
- Items Necessary for Formal Consultation (20 KB PDF)
- Avoidance & Minimization Measures During Construction (27 KB PDF)
- Information to Include in a Monitoring Report (20 KB PDF)
East Alameda Conservation Strategy
- Programmatic Opinion (13.65 MB PDF)
Santa Rosa Plain (Corps of Engineers) CA Tiger Salamander and 3 Endangered Plant Species
- Programmatic Opinion (3 MB PDF)
Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle
- Vernal Pools (81 KB PDF)
Another Major Consultation
Consultation with EPA (the Environmental Protection Agency) on the Effects of 16 Vertebrate Control Agents on Threatened and Endangered Species.
Because the opinion is so large, we have divided it into four sections