West Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region
Project Review Request More Information

Use the Service's Information, Planning and Consultation system (IPaC; http://ecos.fws.gov/ipac/) to determine if any listed, proposed or candidate species may be present in the action area.  Following the directions in IPaC, use the initial project scoping tool to generate a species list by selecting the map tool and drawing the delineated action area.  After selecting the appropriate project type, request an Official Species List.  The Official Species List will include all species that may occur in the vicinity of the action area and includes a map of the action area.  IPaC will also generate a list of National Wildlife Refuges in the vicinity of your action area.  Print the PDF version of this Official Species List and add it to your project review package.  Do not use the state/county list tool for this review since it will list all species that may occur in that state / county and will not provide site specific information.  After completing the steps in IPaC, exit that website and continue below. 

The WV Field Office (WVFO) has developed a self certification process to assist project proponents in determining whether or not their project will result in effects to federally-listed species and/or critical habitat. The WVFO recommends that proponents visit the Self Certification Process page prior to contacting our office.

To request the Service's review of a project in West Virginia, please submit the following information or use our Optional WVFO Submission Form:

  • A shapefile (ArcGIS) or spatial coordinates with a map of the project location and area, site address or nearest town, and county;
  • A detailed project description, including plans and designs of any new construction;
  • The total amount of acreage or linear miles within the project area;
  • A detailed description of onsite habitat, including the size, location and quality (when available) of stream, wetlands, forest and other natural areas, and proposed impacts;
  • The total number of acres of ground disturbance that will result from the project;
  • The number of acres of forested habitat that will be disturbed as part of the project;
  • Commitment to horizontal directional drill if it is known that the project will cross a stream containing habitat that supports federally listed species;
    • A "frack-out" plan (i.e., description of remedial steps to resolve mechanical or materials failure resulting in hydrofracking water bubbling up through stream substrate) if such a crossing is occurring
  • Identification of locations for both water withdrawals and subsequent water depositions;
  • Photographs representative of all cover types on the site and encompassing views of the entire site; and
  • A description of whether any previous mining has occurred on the site, and if you are aware of any potential mine portals or cave openings that may be in the area.

The above information should be submitted to fw5_wvfo@fws.gov.

Please put [PROJECT REVIEW REQUEST] in the subject line of your email. Our email has an attachment limit of 25MB. If your submission exceeds that, please send multiple emails and mark [1 of 2], [2 of 2], etc. in the subject line. Please do not email your submission to individual biologists. If you have any questions, please contact our office at (304)866-3858.

If you are unable to email your submission, you may mail it to the address below. Please do not send your submission via both methods.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
West Virginia Field Office
6263 Appalachian Highway
Davis, WV 26260
Attn: Project Review Request

If your project is Federally-funded by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) or the United States Department of Agriculture's Farm Service Agency (FSA) or Rural Development (RD), please reference this letter (PDF).

Self Certification Process(FWS Site)

Biological Assessment Guidance (FWS Site)

Region 5 Section 7(a)(1) Guidance (PDF)

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Last updated: April 30, 2021