Project 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


Gopher Tortoise by USFWS

Requesting Project Review by Your State and Federal Agencies

State Agency Project Review

Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Environmental Review Page

Endangered Species Act Project Review

  • USFWS Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) -- To learn about the federally protected species that may occur in your area or project footprint, you can request a Official Species Report using IPaC IPaC
    Information for Planning and Consultation (IPaC) is a project planning tool that streamlines the USFWS environmental review process

    Learn more about IPaC
    . IPaC will also lead you through "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. Finally, the IPaC Consultation Package Builder provides an interactive, step-by-step process to help you prepare a biologist assessment leveraging U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service data and recommendations, including conservation measures designed to help you avoid or minimize effects to listed species. See this demo to learn more. All of these tools are available to use for free.
  • USFWS Georgia Ecological Services Project Planning and Review -- This will help you prepare a report to send to us if you would like us to review your project or simply request assistance in the planning stages.

  • USFWS Georgia Ecological Services HUC10 Watershed Tool -- Our office developed a this tool to provide a list of state and federally protected species that may occur within a HUC10 watershed.

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


Survey Guidelines



Federal Programmatic Agreements


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