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

STEP 6:  PROJECT REVIEW PACKAGE SUBMITTAL

If you reach No Effect determinations for all species and critical habitat: print a Self-Certification Letter (PDF) for your records. This project does not need to be submitted to this office.

If you reach a Not Likely to Adversely Affect and/or No Effect determination for all species and critical habitat: submit a Self-Certification Letter and your project package to this office following instructions below.

If you reach a Likely to Adversely Affect determination for any species or critical habitat:

  1. Review the elements of your project that are likely to cause adverse effects and determine if they can be changed or modified in a way that will no longer cause adverse effects. You may contact our office to obtain assistance. If your project can be modified, revise your project description and/or action area to reflect project modifications and revise your ESA Section 7 determinations. If all Section 7 determinations are revised to either No Effect or Not Likely to Adversely Affect, submit a Self-Certification Letter and your project package to this office following instructions below.
  2. If there are no feasible project modifications to avoid adverse impacts to individuals of a listed species or critical habitat, submit a Review Request Letter and your project package to this office following the instructions below and the Service will review your package and assist you with further steps.

Follow this flow chart to determine if you should submit your package for review:

Flow chart: If your project is a wind energy project, submit a review request letter. If all Section 7 determinations are no effect, print self-certification letter for your records and do not submit anything to this office. If all Section 7 determinations, aside from northern long-eared bat, are no effect or not likely to adversely effect, submit a self-certification letter and project package to this office. If any Section 7 determinations, aside from northern long-eared bat, are likely to adversely effect, submit review request letter and project package to this office.

If you have submitted a Self-Certification Letter, you will typically not receive a response as the Self-Certification Letter is our official response. However, if we have questions or we do not concur with your Section 7 determinations, we will contact you during the 60 day review period (74 FR 20423, May 4, 2009, as amended at 84 FR 45016, Aug. 27, 2019). If you have submitted a Review Request Letter, we will contact you during the 60 day review period (74 FR 20423, May 4, 2009, as amended at 84 FR 45016, Aug. 27, 2019).

Should project plans change or if additional information on the distribution of proposed or listed species and/or proposed or designated critical habitat becomes available, your determinations should be reevaluated and resubmitted for review, if necessary.

Note: If you have all Not Likely to Adversely Affect or No Effect Section 7 determinations, but are unsure about something or want the Service to review your project more closely, submit a Review Request instead of a Self-Certification.

If you are required to submit your package for review:

What to submit

Project Review Step

Items to Include in Project Review Package

Required or Not

Step 1

Detailed Project Description (including photos if possible/applicable)

Required

Step 2-3a

Official Species List from IPaC (include all pages)

Required

Step 3b

Verification letter generated by IPaC from Determination Key (DKey)

If applicable

Step 4

Habitat Assessments and/or Species Surveys

If applicable

Step 5

Other documentation to support your determinations

If applicable

Step 6

Self-Certification or Review Request Letter

Required

Where to Submit

If you are required to submit the project review package to this office, submit project review packages electronically to VirginiaFieldOffice@fws.gov. To ensure timely processing of your project, your email submission subject line should state "Review Request Letter" or "Self-Certification Letter" and then the project name. All project reviews will receive a return receipt to inform you that your project has been successfully submitted to this office.

Any single email, including attachments, must be smaller than 25 MB. If a single email would be larger than 25 MB, provide the attachments by sending multiple emails (use the same subject line in all emails related to an individual project).

Do not also provide this information via regular mail, FedEx, etc. as it will delay our review time.

 

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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Last updated: April 23, 2021