Maine Field Office - Ecological Services
Northeast Region

Species Lists and Project Reviews in Maine

Step 2

This step is to determine if federally endangered and threatened (listed) or candidate species and their critical habitat are likely to occur in the action area. Canada lynx and Atlantic salmon critical habitat are designated in Maine. The NOAA Fisheries Service also has an atlas map book and GIS data for Atlantic salmon critical habitat available on their Web site

Use the Service's Information Planning and Consultation system (IPaC) to determine if any listed or candidate species and their critical habitat may be present in the action area.  (NOTE - IPaC does not currently have location-based information for Maine endangered and threatened species using marine habitats greater than 1/4 mile from the shoreline. If your project occurs offshore, contact MEFO). Following the directions in IPaC, use the initial project scoping tool to generate an Endangered Species Act (ESA) species and critical habitat list by selecting the map tool and drawing the delineated action area.  After selecting the appropriate project type, request and print an Official Species List.  The Official Species List will include all species that may occur in the vicinity of the action area, critical habitat, and a map of the action area.  IPaC will also generate a list of National Wildlife Refuges in the vicinity of your action area.  Print the PDF version of this Official Species List and add it to your project review package. After completing the steps in IPaC, exit that website and continue below. 

(A). If the ESA species list indicates that there are no listed / candidate species or critical habitats found in the action area, add “ESA listed species” to your species summary table (MS Word Format), and conclude “species not present.” Continue to Step 4.  Until the proposed project is implemented, check IPaC every 90 days to ensure that listed / candidate species and critical habitat information for the action area is current.  If any changes to the species list or critical habitat occur, you must complete this process for the newly identified species or critical habitat.

(B). If the IPaC Official Species List indicates that listed or candidate species or critical habitat may be present in the action area, add all of the species on the list to the species summary table (MS Word Format). Continue to Step 3

(C). We recommend that you determine whether your project may affect State threatened and endangered fish and wildlife, fish and wildlife species of special concern, and significant wildlife habitats protected under the Maine Natural Resources Protection Act. Contact the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W).

We also recommend that you determine whether your project may affect State threatened and endangered plant species, plant species of special concern, and rare natural communities. Contact the Maine Natural Areas Program (MNAP).

Note:  Candidate species are plants and animals for which the Service has sufficient information to propose them as endangered or threatened under the ESA, but for which development of a proposed listing regulation is precluded by other higher priority listing activities.  The Service encourages consideration of these species in the environmental review process by avoiding adverse impacts to these species.  Until they are proposed for listing, candidate species are not legally protected pursuant to the ESA, therefore any actions undertaken to avoid impacts or provide protection for these species are optional.

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Last updated: October 2, 2012
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