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Welcome to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's,
Section 7(a)(2) Technical Assistance Website
This website provides section 7 consultation guidance for federal agencies and their applicants and designated non-federal representatives. We provide this information to help ensure that federal agencies may fulfill their section 7 obligations while streamlining their interactions with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Field Offices.
We recommend that users of this site begin with the Step-by-Step Instructions until they are familiar with the section 7 process.
- Step-by-step instructions for the section 7(a)(2) consultation process
- Species' Locations – use the Service’s Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) website to determine:
- whether endangered, threatened, proposed, or candidate species may be present in the action area; and,
- if the action area overlaps with any designated or proposed critical habitat.
If you are a first-time user of IPaC, or would like a refresher, we suggest you watch this video.
- Example letters for documenting "no effect" and requesting concurrence with a finding of "not likely to adversely affect."
Mission statement of Region 3's Section 7 Program: To assist federal agencies and their non-federal representatives and applicants to accomplish their goals while (1) fulfilling their legal requirement to further the purposes of the Endangered Species Act and (2) to ensure that their actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any listed species or to destroy or adversely modify critical habitat.