Tools for Agencies
Federal Agency Assistance and Consultation
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with federal agencies on proposed and ongoing projects to ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws that conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act - Federal Agency Consultation
Section 7 Consultation Handbook (pdf)
Glossary (Terms and Definitions) (pdf)
Streamlining Agreement - Expedited consultation guidelines for U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management (pdf)
For the status of current consultation information, contact: Darold Rhodes at 360-753-6051.
*For informational purposes only. To receive an official species list for a project, see below.
Western Washington Species Lists (by County)
Western Washington Species List (pdf)
Eastern Washington Species Lists (by County)
Eastern Washington Species List (pdf)
To assist you in evaluating the effects of your project, site-specific information of listed species occurrences in Washington State may be obtained from the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Priority Habitats and Species Program at (360) 902-2543 and from the Washington Department of Nature Resources Natural Heritage Program at (360) 902-1667 or when you submit a request for Section 7 consultation. We request that you include your downloaded species list and the date it was downloaded as an attachment. This will document your compliance with 50 CFR 402.12 (c).
Section 7 Issue Guidance
Sediment (pdf) (1.27M)
Section 7 Guidance Documents
Indirect Effects (pdf)
Early Coordination (pdf)
Programmatic Consultations Available for Addressing Development Activities and Restoration (Non-Federal Lands only) (MS Excel)
Listed Species Information
Designation of Critical Habitat for the Bull Trout - 2010 Final Rule
• Part 1 (pdf) (1.7M)
• Part 2 (pdf) (5.1M)
• Part 3 (pdf) (8.1M)
• Part 4 (pdf) (3.2M)
Map of Bull Trout Designated Critical Habitat in Washington State - 2010 (pdf) (11.9M)
Detailed Subunit Maps of Designated Critical Habitat - 2010
Olympic Peninsula Management Unit Maps from 2004 Draft Recovery Plan (pdf) (868k)
Puget Sound Management Unit Maps from 2004 Draft Recovery Plan (pdf) (1.4M)
Bull Trout Interim Conservation Guidance (pdf)
FWS Pacific Region Bull Trout web page - Species and habitat information across conterminous range
ECOS (Environmental Conservation Online System) - Species and habitat information and interactive maps
StreamNet - Fish data for the Northwest
Marine survey protocol
Terrestrial survey protocol (pdf)
Northern Spotted Owl
Survey protocol (pdf)
Endangered Species Permits
Permits for native endangered or threatened species, issued by the Endangered Species program, fall into two basic categories:
10(a)(1)(A) Permits - Enhancement of Survival, Recovery and Interstate Commerce Permits
10(a)(1)(B) Permits - Incidental Take Permits
For more information and points of contact, see our fact sheet entitled "Permits for Native Species Under the Endangered Species Act" (pdf).
For information on other types of Service permits, please go to the Fish and Wildlife Service Permit Page.
Offices That Issue Permits
The Service's Endangered Species Program issues permits through its Regional Offices for native endangered and threatened species, except for import or export permits, which are issued by the Division of Management Authority located at our Headquarters Office in Arlington, Virginia.
Permits and Public Comment
Endangered species permits authorize actions that can potentially impact a species’ recovery. Before issuing a permit, we invite public comment on it. Federal Register announcements soliciting public comment on permit applications can be found in the Service's centralized library of Federal Register notices in the “Notices” section for each year.
Comments can now be submitted online at the Regulations.gov website.
Revised Permit Application Forms for Native Endangered & Threatened Species
Fish and Wildlife Service permit applications are available on the web. The Endangered Species Program's permit applications are numbered below. The first page is now identical for all Service permit application forms. To make the forms easier to use, most of the check box items have been moved to the front. We also added a list of Regional contacts. Please read the instructions on how to fill out the online forms before accessing them.
- 3-200-54 (pdf) for Enhancement of Survival Permits Associated with Safe Harbor Agreements and Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances. NOTE: Please do not fill out or submit the application form until you contact our nearest Field Office. The Field Office will provide guidance on developing complete and adequate application materials and will determine when the application form and materials are ready for submission.
- 3-200-55 (pdf) for Recovery Permits and Interstate Commerce Permits
- 3-200-56 (pdf) for Incidental Take Permits Associated with Habitat Conservation Plans. NOTE: Please do not fill out or submit the application form until you contact our nearest Field Office. The Field Office will provide guidance on developing complete and adequate application materials and will determine when the application form and materials are ready for submission.
If you need a permit application form for a different Service program, go to our main permit web page.
Bald Eagle Permits
Bald Eagle Management Guidelines and Conservation
Contact: Lindsy Wright
Environmental Laws, Guidance, and Programs - Comprehensive information about environmental acts, laws and programs such as Clean Water Act; Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act; National Environmental Policy Act; Sikes Act; hydropower relicensing; communication towers; climate change; wind energy and siting guidelines
- Laws and treaties; permits; strategic plans; Executive Orders; avian influenza; Avian Protection Plan
National Division of Environmental Quality
Regional Contaminants Program
WFWO Environmental Contaminants