Our biologists are here to share effective practices that protect fish, plants, and wildlife and their habitats. This collection of resources can help in planning your future projects or simply learn about imperiled species and best conservation practices.
- Species Info
- Project Review
- Conservation Measures
- Energy Industry Guidance
- Survey Guidance
- Federal Programmatic Agreements
- Emergency Consultation Resources
For questions related to the recent proposal to reclassify the Northern Long-eared Bat, check out Common QnA's about the Proposed Northern Long-Eared Bat Uplisting 2022, NLEB Critical Habitat, and NLEB 4(d) Rule
Georgia is home to more than 600 species of plants and animals of conservation concern. While 82 of these are listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act, some species are experiencing population declines and do not have any protection by Federal or state law. Our mission is to educate community members about the incredible biodiversity found in Georgia and to share ways that we can all help to conserve species.
- USFWS Environmental Conservation Online System
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources Biodiversity Portal
The State of Georgia Department of Natural Resources and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can provide information about species near a project area and recommend conservation practices that help protect species during development projects.
State Agency Project Review
To request review of your proposed project by our State agency, please visit the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Review Page.
Endangered Species Act Project Review
To request review of your proposed project by our agency, please visit the USFWS Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC). is a free tool for learning about the federally protected species that may occur in your area or project footprint. There, you can request a Official Species Report and use "determination keys" that can help in determining whether a project may impact a species. Currently, the follow determination keys are available for Georgia and more are coming soon: Northern long-eared bat, Multi-state Indiana bat. The USFWS Georgia Ecological Services Project Planning and Review page will help you prepare a report to send to our project review team or to simply request assistance in the planning stages.
How to Add Map Layers on IPaC for Project Planning
- From the IPaC Home Page, click "Get Started".
- In the left navigation bar, find the "Layers" menu, and click "Add".
- You will see a series of folders (e.g., Biological Data, Environmental Data). Click the small right-facing arrow to expand these folders and activate different map layers that are available. Then click "OK".
- The data layer you activated should now appear on your map!
- USFWS Eastern Indigo Snake Standard Protection Measures
- USFWS Migratory Birds Program
- USFWS Avoiding and Minimizing Incidental Take of Migratory Birds Library Collection
- USFWS Bald and Golden Eagle Management Library Collection
- USFWS Monarch Butterfly Conservation Measures
- USFWS Eastern Black Rail Conservation Recommendations
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act Considerations
- 2022 Stream Crossings in Georgia Handbook
- Best Management Practices for Forestry in Georgia
- Georgia Ecological Services Library
- The Nature Conservancy’s Low-Impact Siting Tool for Solar Facility Development in Georgia
- Recommended Practices for the Responsible Siting and Design of Solar Development in Georgia
- Recorded Webinar Presentation on the Georgia Recommended Practices for Solar Development
- Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Bat Survey Guidelines
- USFWS 2022 Range-wide Indiana Bat and Northern Long-eared Bat Survey Guidelines
- Bats and Transportation Structures Survey Training / Audio-Described Training
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District's Courtesy List of Georgia Environmental Consultants
- USFWS Freshwater Mussel Survey Protocol for the Southeastern Atlantic Slope and Northeastern Gulf Drainages in Florida and Georgia
- Visual Encounter Survey Protocol for the Eastern Indigo Snake (Drymarchon couperi) in Georgia
- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Savannah District - Effect Determination Guidance Tools (EDGES)
- Federal Highway Administration - Joint Coordination Procedures for Interagency Consultation among the Federal Highway Administration's Georgia Division and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Georgia Ecological Services, Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Georgia Department of Transportation
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development - Federally Insured Loan and Grant Projects - Region wide clearance letter for projects that meet criteria for "no effect" determinations
- U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency - GAES clearance letter for FSA Emergency Conservation Program, Emergency Forest Restoration Program, Farm Storage Facility Loan, Tree Assistance Program, and FSA Loan Activities consultation guidance developed by USDA-FSA and Georgia Ecological Services -
- U.S. Federal Communications Commission - Georgia Ecological Services Clearance to Proceed with Construction or Co-location of New Communications Towers less than 200 feet Above Ground Level in accordance with FCC Environmental Review Rules and Guidelines - Document