The Greater Atlantic Region ESA Section 7 Mapper
We created an online application, the Section 7 Mapper, to assist federal action agencies in identifying the ESA-listed species and critical habitat in their project action area.
Within the Section 7 Mapper, we have included data layers that represent our best estimate of the spatial and temporal range of listed species' life stages, behaviors, and critical habitat in our region.
Use of this app does NOT replace the section 7 consultation process.
We are providing the Section 7 Mapper as a technical assistance tool and expect action agencies will use it as a first step in determining if a proposed federal action overlaps with listed species or critical habitat.
We have published several documents to support the mapper.
- A User Guide for the Section 7 Mapper (PDF, 24 pages).
- Metadata describing the Section 7 Consultation Area geodatabase, which informs the mapper (PDF, 84 pages) (last updated August 2022).
- General descriptions of Atlantic sturgeon life stages and behaviors used in the Consultation Areas (PDF, 4 pages).
- General descriptions of Shortnose sturgeon life stages and behaviors used in the Consultation Areas (PDF, 4 pages).
GIS users may directly download a stand-alone copy of the data (geodatabase) informing the mapper directly (last updated August 2022).
For National consultations and analyses, please use the National Critical Habitat Geodatabase, Service, and Mapper.