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This online project review process facilitates compliance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884), as amended (ESA). It is intended to enable users to quickly reach accurate determinations regarding potential effects of their action to federally listed or proposed threatened and endangered species and designated or proposed critical habitat as required under the ESA. It provides information to help ensure that trust resources are considered and conserved while planning and conducting activities. Landowners, applicants, consultants, agency personnel, and any other individual or entity requiring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) review or approval of their project within the Commonwealth of Virginia should complete this online process before contacting our office.

Through this process, you will follow step-by-step guidance and access information that will allow you to identify threatened and endangered species, designated critical habitat, and other Federal trust resources that may be affected by your project. You will then assess whether your project is likely to affect these resources. If upon completion of this process you determine that your project will have no effect on these resources, you can certify your determination with our self-certification process, and no further coordination will be required. If your project may affect these resources, the review package developed through the process will expedite further review when it is submitted to our office.

At the end of this project review process you will be able to: (1) certify that you have completed required coordination with the Service under the ESA; or (2) expedite additional review by the Service. This process also provides information for your project review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (P.L. 91-190, 42 U.S.C. 4321-4347, 83 Stat. 852), as amended.

If you have a transportation/railroad, wind energy, communications tower, or emergency project follow the associated link or see navigation toolbar on right of page for additional guidance.

For coal permit applications, renewals, amendments or significant revisions, follow steps 1-5 of the project review process. Refer to the “What to Submit” table under Step 6 and include the listed items for Steps 1-5 and any supporting documents (species surveys, habitat assessments, PEPs, narratives) in Section 8.7 of e-Forms. 

If this is your first time using the online project review process, or you may benefit from additional background information on the ESA and interagency cooperation under Section 7, review the background and guidance materials at this link prior to beginning Step 1.


  • Items that are in underlined blue text are links to additional information or to additional steps in the process.  We recommend that you read the entire step prior to making a selection or prior to following the links.
  • In Step 3 you will be directed to the Service’s Information, Planning, and Consultation System (IPaC) to generate a species list. Note that IPaC is a tool used by the Service to facilitate review, it is not the entire review process. Complete all 6 steps in this online project review process to develop a complete project package.

To begin the project review process, proceed to Step 1

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