New England Field Office
Conserving the Nature of New England

Endangered Species Reviews/Consultations


Endangered Species

Program Overview

Protecting endangered and threatened species and restoring them to a secure status in the wild is the primary objective of the New England Field Office’s endangered species program. Our responsibilities under the Endangered Species Act include conserving declining species before listing is necessary, adding species to the list of threatened and endangered species; working to recover threatened and endangered species, and working with other Federal agencies to ensure that their projects do not irreparably harm listed species. Partnering with other State and Federal agencies, private organizations and individuals is essential in accomplishing our mission.

General information about the Endangered Species program is available on our National Endangered Species website as well as our Northeast Region Endangered Species website.


Threatened means that a species is likely to become endangered in the foreseeable future if it is not protected.

Endangered means that a species is in imminent danger of becoming extinct and needs protection to survive.

Plants and animals become threatened or endangered due to:
Loss of habitat
Illegal or unregulated hunting or collection
Competition from non-native species


Last updated: September 11, 2009