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Northern Long-eared Bat

Section 7 Consultation

This website provides information and a process to help federal agencies fulfill their section 7 responsibilities for projects within the range of the northern long-eared.


Online Determination Key

For many projects, you may complete section 7 consultation under the streamlined consultation process by using the Determination Key that is available through our Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) website. 


Instructions for use of the online Determination Key


Section 7 Responsibilities under the 4(d) Rule

Federal actions that cause incidental take that is not prohibited under the 4(d) rule may still affect individual northern long-eared bats. Under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, a federal agency must consult with the Service if their action may affect a listed species, which includes effects to individuals. This requirement does not change when a 4(d) rule is implemented. However, for the northern long-eared bat 4(d) rule, the Service has provided a framework to streamline section 7 consultations when federal actions may affect the northern long-eared bat but not cause prohibited take.


Framework to
Streamline Section 7 Process

Federal agencies may fulfill their project-specific section 7 responsibilities by using the Service’s framework. The framework relies on the finding of a programmatic biological opinion that the Service prepared for the northern long-eared bat 4(d) rule.


To determine whether a project fits into the streamlined framework and to obtain a letter of determination from the Service, you may use the online IPaC Determination Key (instructions)


Use of the framework is optional, an agency may choose to follow standard section 7 procedures.


If prohibited take may occur, standard section 7 procedures apply and the framework cannot be used.


No Effect Determinations

If an agency determines that a proposed action will have no effect on any listed or proposed species or on any proposed or designated critical habitat, the Service does not have to be notified.  If in doubt, we urge you to use the online determination key for the northern long-eared bat (instructions).


Standard Informal Consultation Process

If an agency  chooses to follow the standard informal consultation process, the form is not necessary. Go here for Section 7 Consultation step-by-step instructions.

Other Section 7 Consultation Documents and Information

Northern Long-eared Bat Biological Opinions - final Biological Opinions for federal actions that may affect northern long-eared bats


Section 7 Consultation with Federal Highway Administration and Federal Railroad Administration


Section 7 Technical Assistance - explains section 7 of the Endangered Species Act and provides step-by-step instructions for the consultation process.


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