First, action agencies need to know which ESA-listed species or designated critical habitat occur in their project areas. A list of Species and Critical Habitat found in the Southeast Region is provided (click on the link).
Next, action agencies need to determine if ESA consultation is required. Consultation is not required if the action agency determines that the proposed project will have “no effect” to listed species or designated critical habitat. This means that a listed species or designated critical habitat will not be affected (adversely or beneficially), either because it will not be present or because the project does not have any elements with the potential to affect the species or critical habitat. If listed species or critical habitat may be affected, then consultation is required.
The Effects Determination Guidance here provides more information to help you make this determination.
To initiate consultation, the action agency should follow the steps outlined here, How to Submit a Consultation (click on link).
Once you have submitted a consultation request, you can track the status of your consultation in our Public Consultation Tracking System.
Additional sections are provided to help with your submission, including guidance for:
- Emergency Consultations
- Frequently Requested Biological Opinions
- Endangered Species Act Policies, Guidance, and Regulations
- How to Track your Consultation in PCTS (click on link)
- Guidance for Emergency Response Activities in the Southeast United States for Hurricanes (click on link)
For additional help, we strongly encourage action agency staff or non-federal representatives who may need to do ESA consultations to contact us:
Phone: (727) 824-5312
(copy and paste email address above)
We are happy to provide you with assistance and guidance—before you begin the official ESA consultation process—to make the process easier, quicker, and more efficient.