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The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Endangered Species program is conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems.
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Endangered Species Act: Section 7(a)(2)
Section 7 Consultation
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species and to use their authorities to further the purposes of the Act. Section 7 of the Act, called "Interagency Cooperation," is the mechanism by which Federal agencies ensure the actions they take, including those they fund or authorize, do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species.
Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) - See if any listed species or critical habitat may be impacted by your project.
Section 7 Consultation - A brief explanation of the consultation process
Section 7 Consultation Slideshow - a narrated slideshow that provides a brief overview of Section 7.
Section 7 Consultation Technical Assistance - Provides Section 7 consultation guidance for Federal agencies and their applicants (i.e., project proponents). This information is provided to allow project proponents to fulfill their Section 7(a)(2) obligations without having, if they choose, to contact our Field Offices.
Section 7 Consultation Handbook (look under Consultations Handbook)
Biological Opinions (through March 2019)1
Federal Highway Administration, Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration
1Biological opinions completed after March 2019 are available via the relevant species profile. To access species profiles, use the “Search for a Listed species by name” tool here – https://ecos.fws.gov/ecp/.