North Florida Ecological Services Office
Southeast Region

What do I need to include in my Consultation/Project Review Request?

New Consultation Checklist is Your Answer!

The Florida Ecological Services field offices developed a short checklist and companion guidance document to assist consultants, permit applicants and action agencies in assembling complete consultation requests. These documents are provided for your information and optional use. However, using them can help avoid delays in initiating consultation. The checklist helps you and our staff quickly identify whether all necessary components of a complete request are included. Attaching it to your consultation request is not required, but can be helpful..

OK, package is ready. Where do I submit Project Review Requests?

Federal agencies, private and public landowners, project managers/planners, and consultants are asked to submit all new project review requests and supporting documentation electronically to jaxregs @ Please do not submit to other email addresses or individual staff as this may result in processing delays due to planned and unplanned absences or other work related issues. Electronic submissions need not be submitted in hard copy unless requested by our staff.

NOTE: Emails with attachments are limited to a maximum size of 20 megabytes (20MB). If you have attachments that exceed this threshold, note same on your email submission and then send those attachments on CD or DVD via mail to the Jacksonville address listed on our contact page. If you chose or need to submit via multiple emails please use same subject line for each email and note numerical sequence in the subject line such as 1 of 3, 2 of 3, etc.

OK, package submitted. So are you now looking for Your Project's Review Status?

Please allow a minimum of 60-days New information graphic from date of project submission to our office before inquiring as to your project's review status. This allows time for your project submission to be received, complete intake processing, and staff assignment and initial review. Requests are placed in different process tracks (technical assistance, informal consultations or formal consultations) and generally handled on a first-in, first-out basis within those tracks. However, these timelines assume all information required for us to complete our review/consultation is provided and no additional information is requested. Such requests for additional information, clarification or incomplete submissions can result in the temporary suspension of review timelines. If you have not heard from us after 60-days New information graphic, for quickest response submit a status request via e-mail to jaxregs @


Do I need an ESA Section 10 Incidental Take Permit (ITP)?

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued guidance to aid project planners and landowners in the determining whether or not they need an Endangered Species Act Section 10(a)(1)(B) Incidental Take Permit (ITP). Guidance current as of: 04/26/2018.


General Guidance Documents

County and Project Species List and Information

Looking for a Species List in a spdcific Florida county or for your particular project area. Use our Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) tools for the most update to date information.  You can also get current information from Florida State University's Florida Natural Arreas Inventory (FNAI) tools.


Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

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The Partners for Fish & Wildlife Program delivers on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that benefit at-risk and federal trust species including threatened and endangered species, migratory birds, and anadromous fish. Projects restore and enhance degraded habitat and, in some cases, create new habitat.

The Coastal Program

The Coastal Program strives to protect important coastal ecosystems. In cooperation with our partners, we seek to avoid species declines by integrating Service activities, lending biological and technical expertise to decision-makers, implementing on-the-ground solutions and fostering outreach to instill stewardship.

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

Landscape Conservation Cooperatives, or LCCs, are public-private partnerships (cooperatives) facilitating planning, design, and implementation of conservation strategies for fish and wildlife species at the landscape level. While they are underwritten by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the cooperatives are self-governing with few limitations on composition and structure. The LCCs set their own priorities and basic rules of the road.

LCCs are designed to  develop and gain consensus on a common vision for renewable natural resources and inform people how they can contribute to this vision.  They provide a venue where agencies, landowners, scientists, advocates, and even the guy on the street can all contribute their ideas. What habitats are needed to maintain viability of imperiled species?  What corridors are needed to allow species to adapt to changing future conditions?  What are the scientific questions that still need to be answered?  What new tools do we need to improve on-the-ground, so-called conservation delivery, efforts?

You can learn more about LCCs in Florida and other parts of the Southeastern U.S. at the links below.  Check them out and join in the conversation! 

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Species Specific Information and Documents

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Audubon's crested caracara (Polyborus plancus)

Due in part to low occurrances in the North/North-Central Florida area of operations, our office is using the South Florida ESO guidelines and information provided via the following link to provide techinical assistance and our project consultations.

Project Planning and Review

Project Planning and Review

Beach Mouse

Anastasia Island Beach Mouse (Peromyscus polionotus phasma)

Southeastern Beach Mouse (Peromyscus polionotus niveiventris)

Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon corais couperi)

Project Planning and Review

Images for poster use (credit: Photo courtesy USFWS) - Right Click and "Save As"

Everglades snail kite (Rostrhamus sociabilis plumbeus)

Due in part to low occurrances in the North/North-Central Florida area of operations, our office is using the South Florida ESO guidelines and information provided via the following link to provide techinical assistance and in our project consultations.

Project Planning and Review

Florida Scrub-Jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens)

Draft amended FL Scrub jay Recovery Plan Released - Information and Comments Sought

As part of an agency-wide effort to advance the recovery of our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has made publicly available draft revisions for 21 recovery plans that provide a recovery roadmap for 43 federally protected species [including the Florida scrub jay].

We are requesting submission of any information that enhances understanding of the: (1) species’ biology and threats, and the (2) recovery needs and related implementation issues or concerns. We seek to ensure that we have assembled, considered and incorporated the best available scientific and commercial information into the draft recovery plan revisions

There is a 30-day comment period on the proposed revisions, ending on September 5, 2019. Submit comments and infromation to

Note: The Introduction of the draft plan amendments refers to Species Status Assessment (SSA) and Recovery Implementation Strategy (RIS) supplemental documents. These documents are not yet available and that reference was inadvertently left in the draft plan. The next steps include finalizing the draft SSA to incorporate peer review comments and other new information, develop a more detailed implementation strategy based on the high-level recovery criteria just published (essentially adding meat to the bones), completing a five-year status review, and finally revising the FSJ recovery plan to incorporate all of this new information.

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Draft Amendent Plan - PDF - 340KB Leaving this site icon

Maps of Focal Landscapes - PDF - 2.4MB Leaving this site icon

Project Planning and Review


Gopher Tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) (at-risk species, not federally listed in Florida)

Project Planning and Review

Piping Plover (Charadrius melodus)

Due in part to low occurrances in the North/North-Central Florida area of operations, our office is using the South Florida ESO guidelines and information to provide techinical assistance and in our project review consultations.

Project Planning and Review

Red-cockaded Woodpecker (Picoides borealis)

Project Planning and Review

Sand Skink (Neoseps reynoldsi)

Project Planning and Review

West Indian (Florida) Manatee (trichechus manatus latirostris)

March 2017 - Manatee Reclassified to Threatened - ALL protections remain enforce and unchanged

2007 ESA Five-year Status Review

Manatee Protection Areas

Project Planning and Review

Florida Manatee Project Key Programmatic Assessment

  • Appendix A - Incidental Take Avoidance-minimization measures for new or expanding multi-slip facilities and dredging projects, 2011 - PDF 14KB
  • Appendix B - Standard Manatee Conditions for In-Water Activities, April 2013 - PDF - 120KB
  • Appendix C - Additional Conditions for Project In-water Activities in Manatee Habitat, 2011 - PDF - 16KB
  • Appendix D - Standard Manatee Conditions for new and existing pipes and culverts, 2011 - PDF - 12KB
  • Appendix E - Dock Construction Guidelines in Florida for docks or other minor structures constructed in or over submerged aquatic vegetation (SAV), marsh or mangrove (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers/National Marine Fisheries Service, August 2001) - PDF - 12KB
  • Appendix F - Key for construction conditions for docks or other minor structures in or over Johnson's seagrass (Halophila johnsonii) October 2002 - PDF - 13KB

Sea Turtles

  • County Incidental Take Permits & associated Habitat Conservation Plans

Wood Stork (Mycteria americana) (U. S. breeding population)

2007 ESA Five-year Status Review

Project Planning and Review

Wood Stork Florida Nesting Colonies Maps Updated Icon 04/15/2020

Additional Useful Information

Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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Last updated: November 9, 2020