Requesting a review of a development project by our office is a two-step process:

  1. Request an official species list for your project area through the Service’s Information for Planning and Consultation ( IPaC IPaC
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    ) system; then
  2. Send your complete project information to for review, including a copy of your IPaC-generated species list. 

Step 1: Request an official species list for your project area through the Service’s Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) system (  

  • When creating a project name in IPaC we ask that you use the following format:  name of consulting firm (if applicable) - agency or project proponent (if known) - project name - any project code. 
  • Use of the Northern Long-eared Bat Rangewide Determination Key is not recommended for any project in Ohio at this time. 
  • Use of the Consultation Package Builder in IPaC is not recommended for most projects in Ohio at this time. 
  • The FHWA Determination Dey for Indiana and Northern long-eared bat (NLEB) may be used for Federal Highways projects. 

Step 2: Submit complete information for your proposed project to our office at with the subject line: Project submittal for review (IPaC#xxxx-xxxx). 

  • You must attach a copy of your IPaC-generated species list to your email.  
  • The Ohio Ecological Services Field Office will send a response email within approximately 30 days of receipt with technical assistance or further recommendations for specific species. 

For more detail instructions, please see the following document: OHFO IPaC Instructions 

After receiving our email response if you have questions or need additional coordination:  

  • Please email or the biologist assigned to the project (if known).  
  • Please include the IPaC Consultation Code in the email subject line and a copy of your IPaC output letter in your email to help expedite our review.