USFWS OKLAHOMA ON-LINE PROJECT REVIEW PROCESS
In an effort to ensure continuity of operations of the Oklahoma Ecological Services Field Office, please submit ALL project review requests in electronic format (email) until further notice. All project requests located within the Oklahoma Office area of responsibility should be sent to OKProjectReview@fws.gov. Other general correspondence for the Oklahoma Ecological Services Field Office should be sent electronically to Susan Minnick.
- Looking for a species list?
- Seeking USFWS/Service’s environmental review of a project?
- Conducting scoping for a project?
- Initiating consultation for endangered species impacts from a project?
- Looking for guidance on endangered species, migratory birds, eagles, or NEPA for your project?
Then you have come to the right place!
This website provides an on-line Project Review Process for use by landowners, applicants, consultants, agency personnel, and any other individual or entity requiring U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) review or approval of their project within Oklahoma. Complete this on-line process before contacting our office.
This on-line Project Review Process provides step-by-step instructions:
- Allowing you to identify federally listed threatened and endangered species, federal candidate species, federally proposed species, federally designated critical habitat, and other federal trust resources that may be present in your project area.
- Allowing you to determine if your project will adversely affect any of the above listed resources.
- Informing you if additional consultation with the Service is necessary.
At the end of this Project Review Process you will:
- Have a complete Project Review Package, which is required for our review.
- Be able to determine if additional consultation with the Service is necessary OR be able to certify that you have completed required coordination with the Service under the Endangered Species Act1 (ESA)
Wind energy projects:Follow our Project Review process (Step 1 below) and submit a complete Project Review Package to the Service for review regardless of the outcome in the Project Review Process. For more information, visit the FWS's Wind Energy webpage.
Communication tower projects: Additional information on communication towers and a self-certification procedure can be found here.
Oil and Gas Projects in Eastern Oklahoma: The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has developed the Oil and Gas Industry Conservation Plan (ICP) for the American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus, ABB) to increase the efficiency of compliance with the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended, while promoting conservation of the ABB. Please visit the following link for more information on the ICP and to determine if your project may be eligible. If your project is not eligible, proceed to STEP 1 below.
Actions with No Impacts to Federally-listed Species or other Federal Trust Resources: Please review and use this letter as a blanket clearance for certain projects which, in most cases, the Service believes will have no impact on federally-listed species or other trust resources. If your actions fall under the actions described in this letter, then print this letter for your records and do not continue with the Project Review Process.
Before getting started, some things to consider….
Migratory Birds and Eagles
Please note that this step-wise project process does not currently address the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA) or the Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA). Additional guidance for the BGEPA and for the MBTA is located here. Please utilize this guidance and include any information regarding your project’s impacts to bald and golden eagles or migratory birds in any project review request to our office.
National Environmental Policy Act
Our step-wise process provides information for your project review under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (NEPA) for federally listed species. However, these steps do not address other requirements under NEPA (i.e., wetlands, floodplains, and other important environmental resources). Compliance with NEPA is a separate process, that completed alone, does not ensure compliance with the ESA. The Federal action agency, not the Service, must ensure that all of the requirements necessary to comply with NEPA are met. For more information on NEPA compliance visit the Service’s national NEPA webpage.
To begin the project review process, proceed to Step 1.
1Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1544, 87 Stat. 884), as amended.