New York Field Office
Northeast Region

Project Review Step 4 - Suitable Habitat

For all species identified in “Endangered Species” section of IPaC Trust Resource Report, consider whether species may occur based on the habitat present within the action area for each species on the ESA species list.

Review the information on our species page and provided in IPaC, any information provided by NYNHP and NYSDEC, and any other sources of available information (e.g., habitat assessments) to determine whether the action area contains potential habitat for each species. 

Is there guidance available for assessing suitable habitat?




Bog turtle

Guidelines for Bog Turtle Surveys (pdf)
Phase One Habitat Survey Report (pdf)

Guidelines for Bog Turtle Surveys (pdf)



Mussel Survey Guidance (pdf)

Dwarf wedgemussel


Mussel Survey Guidance (pdf)

Indiana bat

Summer Survey Guidance

Summer Survey Guidance

Karner blue butterfly

2008 Protocols (pdf)

2008 Protocols (pdf)

Northern long-eared bat

Summer Survey Guidance

Summer Survey Guidance

Rayed bean mussel


Mussel Survey Guidance (pdf)

Upstate NY listed plants


Plant Survey Windows (pdf)

What if there is no potential/suitable habitat?  
If you conclude that potential habitat is absent within the action area, write “no” in the habitat present column for the appropriate species, and document what source(s) of information you consulted and the basis for your conclusion in the Notes / Documentation column of the species conclusions table.  Add this documentation to your project review package. 

If this is the answer for ALL species from IPaC, no further coordination under the ESA is required.  You can print the Resource Report for your files.  

Until the proposed project is implemented, check IPaC every 90 days to ensure that species information is current. If any changes to the Official Species List occur, you must complete this process for any newly identified species.

What if there is potential/suitable habitat?  
Write “yes” in the habitat present column.  Assess potential for impacts and coordinate with our office for the potential need for species presence/absence surveys.

Submit results of habitat surveys (including field survey forms) and any proposed plans for species surveys.

Any conclusions you reach regarding habitat and species presence should be filled in for all species in your table at this point. If there are species on your list without conclusions, return to Step 3 and continue through the review process until you have conclusions for each species. When all conclusions are complete, continue to Step 5



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Last updated: June 21, 2017
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