Raleigh Ecological Services Field Office
Conserving the Nature of America


Endangered Species Consultation

Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (pdf 266KB) directs all federal agencies to use their existing authorities to conserve threatened and endangered species and, in consultation with the Service, to ensure that their actions do not jeopardize listed species or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat. Section 7 applies to the management of federal lands as well as other federal actions that may affect listed species, such as federal approval of private activities through the issuance of federal funding, permits, licenses, or other actions.

The following information is provided to assist you in determining whether consultation with the Service is necessary and, if so, the development of a complete initiation package (i.e., Biological Assessment / Biological Evaluation). Please consider this information carefully. A complete initiation package will expedite our review of your project and conclusion of the consultation process.

Outline of a Biological Assessment/Biological Evaluation [pdf version 18KB]

Contents of a Biological Assessment/Biological Evaluation [pdf version 39KB]

Common Flaws in Developing an Effect Determination [pdf version 26KB]

For additional information regarding the Interagency Coordination and Consultation process, please visit the Service's Consultation with Federal Agencies website.

Additional Information to Consider

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commissionhas developed a Guidance Memorandum (pdf 720KB) to address and mitigate secondary and cumulative impacts to aquatic and terrestrial wildlife resources and water quality. We recommend you consider this document in the development of your project and in completing an initiation package for consultation.



Project Review Steps for Conservation and Development Projects:

Program Contacts:
The Project Planning and Consultation team reviews projects under the Endangered Species Act and Clean Water Act.


John Ellis

Phone: 919-856-4520 ext. 26 John_Ellis@fws.gov , projects involving hydroelectric power


John Hammond

Phone: 919-856-4520 ext 28 John_Hammond@fws.gov , projects involving ESA Section 7 Consultation and military installations


Gary Jordan

Phone: 919-856-4520 ext.32 Gary_Jordan@fws.gov , projects involving the North Carolina Department of Transportation or Federal Highway Administration


Wilson Laney

Phone: 919-515-5019 Wilson_Laney@fws.gov , projects involving the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission


Kathy Matthews

Phone: 919-856-4520 ext 27 Kathryn_Matthews@fws.gov, projects involving wind energy


Leigh Mann


Phone: 919-856-4520, ext. 10
, projects tracking and correspondence


Emily Wells

Phone: 919-856-4520 ext 25 Emily_Wells@fws.gov, projects involving Habitat Conservation Planning and the City of Boiling Spring Lakes


Mailing Address

Raleigh Field Office

P.O. Box 33726

Raleigh, NC 27636-3726

Last Updated: January 9, 2016