Section 7 Section 7
Section 7 Consultation The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species and to use their authorities to further the purposes of the Act. Section 7 of the Act, called "Interagency Cooperation," is the mechanism by which Federal agencies ensure the actions they take, including those they fund or authorize, do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species.

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Consultation with the Arkansas Field Office

In order to improve efficiency in project reviews, the Arkansas Ecological Services Field Office now uses IPaC IPaC
Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) is a project planning tool that streamlines the USFWS environmental review process

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 to provide species lists and conduct informal consultations. Instruction for completing a Section 7 consultation or obtaining a species list using IPaC are available at this link.

If you experience problems with IPaC or have questions, please reach out to, 501-428-1759.

Important Links:


Endangered Species Act Sec.7 Overview

Wind Energy

Arkansas Wildlife and Habitat Risk Map for Land-based Wind Energy (PDF)

Land-based Wind Energy Guidelines (PDF)

Migratory Birds -birds/management/project-assessment-tools-and-guidance/guidance-documents/wind-energy.php


Range-wide Indiana Bat Survey Guidelines

Indiana Bat and Northern Long-eared Bat Section 7 Consultation and Conservation Strategy - The Federal Highways Administration and the Service, with the Federal Railroad Administration and Federal Transit Administration, completed a range-wide consultation and conservation strategy for Indiana bats and northern long-eared bats in June of 2016.  The programmatic biological opinion that resulted will help expedite the consultation process related to transportation projects and provide a consistent approach to conservation for bats.


Working Around Eagles

Eastern Black Rail Call-Response Survey Protocol

Communication Towers

Recommended Best Practices for Communication Tower Design, Siting, Construction, Operation, Maintenance, and Decommissioning