Endangered Species Act Guidance, Policies, and Regulations

The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was signed on December 28, 1973, and provides for the conservation of species that are endangered or threatened throughout all or a significant portion of their range, and the conservation of the ecosystems on which they depend. NOAA Fisheries works with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to manage ESA-listed species. Generally, we manage marine species, while U.S. FWS manages land and freshwater species.

The following is a list of the policies, guidance, and regulations we use to administer the ESA.

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ESA Interagency Cooperative Policies

Policy, Guidance, or Regulation Year Document
Revised Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies in Endangered Species Act  2016 81 FR 8663
Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for the Ecosystem Approach to the Endangered Species Act 1994 59 FR 34237
Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy on Information Standards Under the Endangered Species Act  1994 59 FR 25271
Notice of Interagency Cooperative Policy for Peer Review in Endangered Species Act Activities 1994 59 FR 34270

 

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Listing (ESA Section 4)

Learn more about the Listing Program

Policy, Guidance, or Regulation Year Document
Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat (ESA Section 4 Regulations) Various 50 CFR 424
Revised Guidance for Treatment of Climate Change in NMFS Endangered Species Act Decisions 2016 PDF, 10 pages
Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions under the Endangered Species Act 2016 81 FR 66461
Public Advisory: Information to Consider When Submitting a Petition under the Endangered Species Act  2016 PDF, 7 pages
Designation of Experimental Populations under the Endangered Species Act 2016 81 FR 33416
Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat, 424.12 2016 81 FR 7413
Policy Regarding Implementation of Section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act  2016 81 FR 7226
Guidance on Responding to Petitions and Conducting Status Reviews under the Endangered Species Act  2017 PDF, 62 pages
Significant Portion of its Range Policy 2014 79 FR 37577
Impact Analyses of Critical Habitat 2013 78 FR 53058
Textual Description Requirements of Critical Habitat 2012 77 FR 25611
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance 2008 PDF, 32 pages
Revision of Candidate Species Definition 2006 71 FR 61022
Procedures for Conducting 5-Year Reviews Under the ESA 2006

PDF, 74 pages

Template (MS Word)

Short Template (MS Word)

Hatchery Listing Policy for Pacific salmonids 2005 70 FR 37204
Establishment of the Species of Concern List 2004 69 FR 19975
Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts (PECE) 2003 68 FR 15100
Petition Management Guidance (U.S. FWS and NMFS) 1996 PDF, 37 pages
Recognition of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segments (DPS) under the Endangered Species Act (U.S. FWS and NMFS) 1996 61 FR 4722
Applying the Definition of Species to Pacific Salmon (ESU Policy) 1991 56 FR 58612
Guidelines on Species Priority for Listing and Recovery 1990 55 FR 24296
Memorandum of Understanding between U.S. FWS and NMFS Regarding Jurisdictional Responsibilities and Listing Procedures 1974 PDF, 8 pages
Reorganization Plan No. 4 (establishing NOAA) 1970 PDF, 4 pages

 

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Recovery (ESA Section 4)

Learn more about the Recovery Program

Policy, Guidance, or Regulation Year Document
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance 2008 PDF, 32 pages
Interim Recovery Planning Guidance for Threatened and Endangered Species  2010 PDF, 122 pages
Appendices to Interim Recovery Planning Guidance for Threatened and Endangered Species 2010 PDF, 287 pages
Procedures for Conducting 5-Year Reviews under the ESA 2006

PDF, 74 pages

Template (MS Word)

Short Template (MS Word)

Controlled Propagation Policy for ESA-Listed Species 2000 65 FR 56916
Interagency Cooperative Policy on Recovery Plan Participation and Implementation Under the ESA 1994 59 FR 
Superceded Recovery Planning Guidelines 1992 PDF, 10 pages
Guidelines on Species Priority for Listing and Recovery 1990 55 FR 24296

 

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Interagency Consultation (ESA Section 7)

Learn more about ESA Interagency Consultations

Policy, Guidance, or Regulation Year Document
ESA Section 7 Regulations Various 50 CFR 402
Guidance for Treatment of Climate Change in NMFS Endangered Species Act Decisions 2016 PDF, 10 pages
Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat 2016 81 FR 7214
U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NMFS, agree to revoke the 2004 National Fire Plan* Counterpart Regulation Alternative Consultation Agreements (ACAs)
(76 FR 61090; October 3, 2011)
2011 76 FR 61090
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act 2004 69 FR 47732
National Fire Plan 2003 68 FR 68254
Guidance on Alternative Approaches for Streamlining Section 7 Consultation on Hazardous Fuels Treatment Projects (issued 10/11/2002)  2003 68 FR 1628
Guidance on Evaluating the Net Benefit of Hazardous Fuels Treatment Projects (issued 12/10/2002) 2003 68 FR 1629
Memorandum of Agreement between EPA, U.S. FWS, and NMFS to Enhance Coordination under the Clean Water Act and the ESA for Section 7 Consultations 2001 66 FR 11202
Improving Coordination of ESA Section 7 Consultation with the FERC Licensing Process 2000 PDF, 19 pages
ESA Section 7 Consultation Handbook 1998 PDF, 315 pages

 

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Permits and Habitat Conservation Plans (ESA Section 10)

Learn more about Permits and Habitat Conservation Plans 

Policy, Guidance, or Regulation Year Document
ESA Section 10 Regulations Various 50 CFR 222
Guidance for Treatment of Climate Change in NMFS Endangered Species Act Decisions 2016 PDF, 10 pages
"No Surprises" Rule 1998 63 FR 8859
Safe Harbor Policy 1999 64 FR 32717
Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances Policy Review (comments due 1/22/18) 2017 82 FR 55625
Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances Policy 2016 81 FR 95164

Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook

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