Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region
Endangered Species: Project Reviews in Virginia Project Review Steps

STEP 4:  SUITABLE HABITAT

A. For each species on the Official Species List, identify the habitat type used. To identify habitat for each species, review the species information provided in IPaC, the information provided by VDWR and Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation – Natural Heritage Program (VDCR-NHP), and any other sources of information available.

B. For each species on the Official Species List answer the following: Does the action area contain the identified habitat for each species on the Official Species List?

In some cases, a detailed description of the habitat and appropriate site photos will suffice to determine if suitable habitat is present. However, habitat assessments can be used to identify if habitat in the action area is present for a species or not. Habitat assessments need to be conducted by a qualified surveyor and a list of approved surveyors can be found here.

If no suitable habitat is present, complete the ESA Section 7 Determination Table as shown.

Species/Resource Name

Species/Habitat Presence in Action Area

Sources of Info

ESA Section 7 Determination

Project Elements that Support Determination

Roanoke logperch

No suitable habitat present

Explain what info suitable habitat presence is based on.

No Effect

N/A

If yes, for each species with suitable habitat present answer the following: Is the species present?

While not necessary for all projects, surveys can be used to determine if a species is present within suitable habitat in the action area. Surveys need to be conducted by an approved surveyor, the names of approved surveyors by species and how to become an approved surveyor can be found here. Note: If you select an individual not on the approved surveyor list to conduct habitat assessments/surveys for the referenced species, provide the individual’s qualifications to this office for review and approval 60 days prior to the start of the survey.

If the species is present, complete columns 2 and 3 of the ESA Section 7 Determination Table as shown.

Species/Resource Name

Species/Habitat Presence in Action Area

Sources of Info

ESA Section 7 Determination

Project Elements that Support Determination

Roanoke logperch

Suitable habitat present; species present

Explain what info suitable habitat/species presence is based on.

 

 

If the species is not present, complete columns 2 and 3 of the ESA Section 7 Determination Table as shown.

Species/Resource Name

Species/Habitat Presence in Action Area

Sources of Info

ESA Section 7 Determination

Project Elements that Support Determination

Roanoke logperch

Suitable habitat present; species not present

Explain what info suitable habitat/species presence is based on.

 

 

 Continue to Step 5.

Online Project Review Introduction
Step 1: Description of Action
Step 2: Action Area
Step 3a: Official Species List
Step 3b: Northern Long-Eared Bat
Step 3c: Critical Habitat
Step 4: Suitable Habitat
Step 5: Determinations
Step 6: Project Review Package


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