Ecological Services' Responsibilities
Ecological Services provides biological advice to other federal and state agencies, industry, and members of the public concerning the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitat that may be affected by development activities. Personnel in field offices located throughout the country assess the potential effects of projects to migratory birds, endangered species, anadromous fish, and certain marine mammals. In South Dakota, these projects typically include activities such as agriculture, mining, utility lines, dredge and fill activities, dam and reservoir operations, oil leasing, and highway construction. The effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife are also assessed. Recommendations are then made regarding ways to avoid, minimize, or compensate for harmful impacts on fish and wildlife resources and their habitats.