Oklahoma Ecological Services Field Office
Southwest Region
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has approved an amendment to the American Burying Beetle Industry Conservation Plan (ABB ICP). The plan, originally approved in 2014, provides the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma a streamlined Endangered Species Act (ESA) permitting process for activities that may impact the American burying beetle (ABB). The Service is also announcing the availability of the final environmental assessment on the amendment.

In the interest of providing industry with greater certainty while continuing to ensure the conservation of the American burying beetle, the Service amended the ABB ICP to extend it for three years (through May 20, 2019). In addition to extending the ABB ICP timeframe, the amendment: extends the construction period for permitted projects until May 20, 2025; extends operations and maintenance coverage for activities including maintenance of right-of-ways and repairing pipelines until May 20, 2039; and removes requirements that all projects must be completely located within the planning area. The amendment does not change the amount of take authorized under the 2014 ABB ICP and no additional acreage will be impacted.


Total take (in acres) allowed under the ICP: 32,234
Current take (acres) issued through Individual Project Packages under the ICP: 432
Amended 2016: Industry Conservation Plan and Environmental Assessment
You should utilize the Service's Eligibility Determination document below to help with deciding whether your project, or projects, may be eligible for an Endangered Species Act (ESA) section 10(a)(1)(B) permit under the ICP. The ICP is designed to cover oil and gas related activities that overlap with ABBs and their habitat within Oklahoma. If eligible, the Eligibility Determination document will inform you of the next steps.

Individual Project Packages (IPP)

Before project initiation, permittees are required to submit IPPs for Covered Activities occurring in the Planning Area. IPPs may be submitted at the same time as the ICP application and all IPPs must be submitted by May 20, 2022. Section 7.2.1 of the ICP provides additional information on IPPs. These IPPs must be approved by the Service for use under the issued Permit prior to initiation of Covered Activities.

Individual Project Package Checklist

Documents associated with the Individual Project Package:

Self-Certification Option for Individual Project Packages

For those Individual Project Packages that require no additional Service review, a self–certification option is available. If your project meets the following criteria, it is eligible for self-certification:

  • Assumed ABB presence for the entire project area
  • All habitat/soils impacted by the project are considered suitable for ABBs
  • All impacts are identified as permanent, as defined in the ICP
  • All mitigation is in accordance with the mitigation ratios in the ICP and is completed prior to habitat impacts
  • All project-specific impacts and mitigation must be described in the IPP and Annual Report
  • All applicable items identified in the IPP Checklist will be provided with your self-certification

Projects that meet the above criteria do not need further Service review and are eligible for self-certification.

If you have determined your project meets the self-certification requirements, please follow these steps:

  1. Review and complete the IPP checklist along with a complete IPP (above)
  2. Complete and sign the IPP self-certification letter
  3. Submit your complete IPP checklist, associated documents and self-certification letter to abb_icp@fws.gov with SELF CERTIFICATION in the subject line.
Additional documents related to the ICP

Information contained in the ICP is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of its development. It is possible that new scientific and commercial data will become available, which will result in relevant documents being updated on this website. The following documents reflect the Services latest guidance related to the ICP and ABBs.


Project Reviews

Endangered Species
•Species in Oklahoma (PDF)
•What species occur in my project area?
• Species of Concern (PDF)
• Species Fact Sheets

Critical Habitat
• What is it? (PDF)
• Critical Habitat Mapper

General Info:
• Plants and the ESA (PDF)
• Bald Eagle Information
• Wind Energy

Communication Towers
• Service Guidance on the Siting, Construction, Operation and Decommissioning of Communication Towers

• Approved Surveyors
• How to be a Surveyor (PDF)
How long is an animal
..survey valid?
• How long is a plant
..survey valid?

Additional Documents
• Endangered Species Act, Regulations, Handbook, etc.

Last updated: February 28, 2017
All images by FWS unless otherwise noted.