Conservation Planning Toolbox

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.

How can we help?

  1. Species Info
  2. Project Review
  3. Conservation Measures
  4. Energy Industry Guidance
  5. Survey Guidance
  6. Federal Programmatic Agreements
  7. Emergency Consultation Resources
Northern long-eared bat, North Carolina, 2016

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 2022NLEB Critical Habitat, and NLEB 4(d) Rule

About Our Species in Georgia

Georgia is home to more than 600 species of plants and animals of conservation concern. While 76 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.

Requesting Project Review by Your State and Federal Agencies

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). IPaC IPaC
Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) is a project planning tool that streamlines the USFWS environmental review process

Learn more about 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 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 team for feedback. Please reach out to request assistance in the planning stages.

How to Add Map Layers on IPaC for Project Planning

  1. From the IPaC Home Page, click "Get Started".
  2. In the left navigation bar, find the "Layers" menu, and click "Add".
  3. 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".
  4. The data layer you activated should now appear on your map!

Conservation Measures

Ephemeral wetland in longleaf pine ecosystem, Francis Marion National Forest, South Carolina, 2019. Gopher frog habitat and release site. Photo by Melanie Olds, 2019

Energy Industry-Specific Considerations

Solar Energy

Survey Guidelines

Federal Programmatic Agreements

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