Project Review

If you require a review of your project with a federal nexus (federal project, funding or permitting) for impacts to federally listed species or critical habitat, see below. 

Obtain an Official Species List

Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) is a project planning tool that streamlines the USFWS environmental review process

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is an online project planning tool that streamlines the USFWS environmental review process. If the information you find in IPaC leads your agency to a determination that the proposed project will have “no effect” on listed species(s), then no further correspondence is necessary. Please retain the documentation generated from your IPaC review for your files. 

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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 Guidance

Midwest Section 7 Technical Assistance | U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (

Consultation with our office on a project is necessary only when the information provided via IPaC leads you to a determination that the proposed project may affect a listed species or critical habitat. We also recommend that you coordinate with our office if your project may affect species proposed for such listing or proposed critical habitat. In such cases and for all other inquiries, please contact us by email ( for Illinois and Iowa projects) to be directed to the appropriate contact.  Additional Consultation guidance is provided in the ILIAFO IPaC Introductory Letter included below. 

ILIAFO IPAC Intro Letter.pdf

Species List Introduction Letter with Section 7 Consultation Guidance