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Endangered Species Program
Conserving and restoring threatened and endangered species and their ecosystems
Rusty Patched Bumble Bee Guidance for
Federal and Non-federal Project Reviews
A federal project is a project or action that is undertaken by a federal agency, uses federal funding or requires a federal permit.
Step 1. If your project is located in the Service’s Midwest region, go to our S7 Technical Assistance website, which will step you through the S7 consultation process. If you determine that your project is in a county where the rusty patched bumble bee occurs or if your project does not occur in the Service’s Midwest region,
go to Step 2, below.
Step 2. If your project area is in a county where the rusty patched bumble bee is present or if your project does not occur in the Service’s Midwest region,
go to the rusty patched bumble bee map and determine if your project/action area overlaps a High Potential zone, a Low Potential Zone, or Historical Range, then proceed to Step 2a.
As an alternative option, you may also use our online tool IPaC at https://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/. Using IPaC, you can identify your specific project/action area. IPaC will provide you with a list of threatened or endangered species potentially in your project/action area.
Step 3. Your project area overlaps a High Potential Zone (red area). Please read the Rusty Patch Bumble Bee S7 Guidance. The Guidance will direct your next steps. If surveys are necessary to confirm presence or absence, go here.
Step 4. After reviewing the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee S7 Guidance, if you determine that suitable habitat is present in your project area and your activity may affect the rusty patched bumble bee, please contact the USFWS Field Office nearest the project location: go here for USFWS contacts in the Midwest and use this link for USFWS Field Office contacts by state. If you are interested in ways to help manage for the rusty patched bumble bee and other pollinators, please see the Conservation Management Guidelines for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee document.
Non-Federal Project Review
A non-federal project is a project or action that is not undertaken by a federal agency, does not use federal funding, or does not need a federal permit outside the context of the Endangered Species Act.
Last updated: March 22, 2018