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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 Purpose 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 Endangered 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
  • 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

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section 7 s substantive obligation1
Section 7’s Substantive Obligation

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 Obligations

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what is involved in a section 7 consultation
What is Involved in a Section 7 Consultation?

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

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR

informal consultation
INFORMAL CONSULTATION
  • 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

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR

formal consultation
FORMAL CONSULTATION
  • Initiation of Formal Consultation
  • Biological Opinion

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR

biological opinion
Biological Opinion

Proposed action

Environmental baseline

Analysis of effects

Jeopardy determination

Reasonable and prudent alternative (RPA)

Incidental take statement (ITS)

Conservation recommendations

Biological Opinions & Endangered Species Act Consultation – Portland, OR

reinitiating consultation
Reinitiating Consultation

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

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For more information

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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