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Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

MATTHEW A. LOVE

Partner- Seattle, Washington

February 19, 2013

Portland, OR


The purpose of the esa
The – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA IssuesPurpose of the ESA

  • The ESA, passed by Congress in 1973, is designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction.

  • Administered by:

    • Department of Commerce – National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS)

      • Authority over marine species

    • Department of Interior – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

      • Authority over freshwater fish and all other species

  • “The most comprehensive legislation for the preservation of endangered species ever enacted by any nation.”

    • Tennessee Valley Auth. v. Hill, 437 U.S. 153 (1978).

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The endangered species act esa
The – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA IssuesEndangered Species Act (ESA)

  • Section 4 Listing Process and Critical Habitat Designations

  • Section 7 Consultation Requirements

  • Section 9 Take Prohibition

  • Section 10 Incidental Take and Habitat Conservation Plans

  • Section 11 Enforcement

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Overview of esa section 7
Overview of ESA Section 7 – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

  • ESA Section 7’s substantive and procedural obligations

  • Initiation of Section 7 consultation

  • Roles of action agency, resource agency, and the license applicant (as designated non-federal representative)

  • Section 7 consultation process

  • BiOps, ITS, RPAs, RPMs, and TCs

  • Reinitiation of consultation

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Section 7 s substantive obligation
Section 7’s Substantive Obligation – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

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Section 7 s substantive obligation1
Section 7’s Substantive Obligation – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

ESA § 7(a)(2):

“Each Federal agency shall, in consultation with and with the assistance of the Secretary, insure that any action authorized, funded, or carried out by such agency . . . is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered species or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of [Critical Habitat].”

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Section 7 s procedural obligations
Section 7’s Procedural – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA IssuesObligations

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What is involved in a section 7 consultation
What is Involved in a Section 7 Consultation? – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

Threshold considerations

Biological assessment

Informal consultation

Formal consultation

Biological opinion

Incidental take statement

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The informal consultation process
The Informal Consultation Process – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR


Informal consultation
INFORMAL CONSULTATION – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

  • Federal Agency Action

  • Major Construction Activity

  • Biological Assessment

  • No Effect

  • Not Likely to Adversely Affect

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The formal consultation process
The Formal Consultation Process – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR


Formal consultation
FORMAL CONSULTATION – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

  • Initiation of Formal Consultation

  • Biological Opinion

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Biological opinion
Biological Opinion – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

Proposed action

Environmental baseline

Analysis of effects

Jeopardy determination

Reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA)

Incidental take statement (ITS)

Conservation recommendations

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Reinitiating consultation
Reinitiating – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA IssuesConsultation

When action agency retains discretionary control, it has continuing obligation to reinitiate consultation if:

the incidental take statement is exceeded;

new information reveals new effects of the action;

action is subsequently modified; or

new species is listed or critical habitat designated

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Keys to Success – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

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For more information – A “How To” Guide for Working with Agencies on ESA Issues

MATTHEW A. LOVE

206-829-1809

[email protected]

719 Second Avenue

Suite 1150

Seattle, WA 98104

February 19, 2013

Portland, OR


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