The Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires federal agencies to consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) on actions that have the potential to adversely affect federally listed species. The Service's Kentucky Field Office (KFO) typically receives over 1,000 pre-development consultation requests each year for a variety of different projects. We provide assistance to both federal and non-federal entities throughout the consultation and/or technical assistance process to ensure compliance with the Endangered Species Act. Federal agencies and project proponents are encouraged to coordinate with the Service early during project planning to identify listed species that may occur in the action area of the proposed project and measures that would avoid or minimize adverse effects to those species.
To identify endangered, threatened, proposed, and candidate species and designated critical habitat that are known to occur or may potentially occur at a proposed project site, please visit the Service’s Information for Planning and Conservation ( IPaC) website which is a project planning tool to streamline the review process. After using IPaC to identify the species that may be present at your project site, you can request project-specific assistance from the KFO in addressing potential impacts to species that may be present to ensure that your project is in compliance with the ESA. Please follow this outline as you prepare your correspondence to ensure that your request contains all of the information that is required for us to adequately review your project.