Frequently Asked Questions:
1. Q: If my property is only partly within a red zone, is it considered “in” or “out?”
A: If any portion of the lot is located within a red zone, then consider it to be “in” the respective zone.
2. Q: When are cavity tree surveys required?
A: Surveys are required in a red zone when proposing to remove trees greater than or equal to (>) 8 inches diameter at breast height (dbh). Surveys are not required prior to tree removal in a clear (no color) zone.
3. Q: Where can I find guidance or instructions for conducting surveys?
A: Surveys should be conducted by a qualified environmental consultant and should follow the USFWS’ Survey Protocol, contained in Appendix 4 of the RCW Recovery Plan.
4. Q: I have submitted Letter #1 and my project review package to the USFWS, and I would like to receive a response from the USFWS, even if there are no concerns. How do I get a response?
A: The USFWS intends for Letter #1 to provide adequate documentation of compliance with Section 9 of the ESA. However, if you would like a personalized response from our office to indicate compliance, please make that clear in your cover email for the package or in the first paragraph of your project review package.