Tennessee Ecological Services Field Office
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Pre-development Consultation

This Program provides early technical assistance to various entities who have applied for federal funds or will have to obtain a federal license or permit.  The purpose of the early coordination is to assist the applicant in determining if wetlands or

federally endangered  or threatened species could be impacted by the proposed activity.  The intent is to provide early notification of potential issues before an applicant has committed significant resources toward specific plans or designs. 

The Tennessee field office typically receives over 2,000 pre-development consultation requests each year.  Many projects are proposed where we have no records of occurrence for federally listed species, or no designated critical habitat.  Many other projects, due to their design or timing, are reasonably certain to not result in take of a federally listed species or adversely modify critical habitat. The project proponent is responsible for analyzing and making a determination of the projects direct and indirect effects on federally protected species and habitat.  The Tennessee Field Office has developed the following tools to assist project proponents in determining the potential effects of their project.   

Additional information or questions concerning Pre-Development Consultations in Tennessee can be obtained by contacting our office directly.


Project Review Tool

This online tool allows proponents of projects with a federal nexus, such as a project that receives federal funding, a federal permit, or other federal authorization, to work through the process of performing a species and habitat analysis and effects determination.  Note: a “no effect” determination does not require consultation with, nor concurrence by, the Service.  A “no effect” determination is an appropriate determination by the action agency when the proposed action will not affect federally listed species or designated critical habitat and completes consultation requirements under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 ((ESA) 87 Stat. 884; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq).

FEMA Conditional Letter of Map Revision (CLOMR) and CLOMR-F Letters of Request

This link provides additional guidance and a TNFO Checklist Letter to support compliance documentation.


Tower Site Evaluation Form

This is a fillable .pfd form that may be populated online and printed with Acrobat Reader, or saved with Acrobat Pro




















Last updated: August 27, 2021
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