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Endangered Species Act Policies, Guidance, and Regulations

Draft Policy on Interpretation of the Phrase "Significant Portion of Its Range"
» More information is available on the USFWS website.

ESA (general): Interagency Cooperative Policy
Policy/Guidance/RegulationDate
Interagency Cooperative Policy for the Ecosystem Approach [pdf]
(59 FR 34274; July 1, 1994)
1994
Interagency Cooperative Policy on Information Standards [pdf]
(59 FR 24271; July 1, 1994)
1994
Interagency Cooperative Policy for Peer Review [pdf]
(59 FR 34270; July 1, 1994)
1994
Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies [pdf]
(59 FR 34275; July 1, 1994)
1994



 

Listing (ESA Section 4)
»more info on the Listing program
Policy/Guidance/RegulationDateDocument
ESA Section 4 Regulations2005[pdf]
Status Review Guidance2013[pdf]
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance2008[pdf]
Revision of Candidate Species Definition2006[pdf]

5-Year Review Guidance and Template

 
2006[pdf]
[3.9 MB]
Hatchery Listing Policy for Pacific salmonids2005[pdf]
Establishment of the Species of Concern List
(69 FR 19975; April 15, 2004)
2004[pdf]
Policy for Evaluation of Conservation Efforts (PECE)
(68 FR 15100; March 28, 2003)
2003[pdf]
Petition Management Guidance (FWS and NMFS)1996[pdf]
Recognition of Distinct Vertebrate Population Segments (DPS) Under the Endangered Species Act (FWS and NMFS)
(61 FR 4722; February 7, 1996)
1996[pdf]
Applying the Definition of Species to Pacific Salmon (ESU Policy)
(56 FR 58612; November 20, 1991)
1991[pdf]
[1.4 MB]
Guidelines on species priority for listing and recovery
(55 FR 24296; June 15, 1990)
1990[pdf]



 

Recovery (ESA Section 4)
»more info on the Recovery program

Policy/Guidance/RegulationDateDocument
ESA Section 4 Regulations2005[pdf]
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance2008[pdf]
Interim Recovery Planning Guidance for Threatened and Endangered Species (latest update- June 2010; updated sections indicated on Title Page)

--Appendices to Interim Recovery Planning Guidance for Threatened and Endangered Species
2007[pdf]



[pdf]
[7.4 MB]
5-Year Review Guidance and Template
»more info on 5-year reviews
2006[pdf]
[3.9 MB]
Controlled Propagation Policy for ESA-Listed Species2000[pdf]
Interagency Cooperative Policy on Recovery Plan Participation and Implementation Under the ESA1994[pdf]
Superceded Recovery Planning Guidelines1992[pdf]



 

Interagency Consultation (ESA Section 7)
»more info on the Interagency Consultation program

Policy/Guidance/RegulationDateDocument
ESA Section 7 Regulations2005[pdf]
U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in coordination with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and NMFS, agree to revoke the 2004 National Fire Plan* Counterpart Regulation Alternative Consultation Agreements (ACAs)
(76 FR 61090; October 3, 2011)
2011[pdf]
Federal Insecticide, Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA)
(69 FR 47732; August 5, 2004)
2004[pdf]
National Fire Plan*
(68 FR 68254; December 8, 2003)
2003[pdf]

Guidance on Alternative Approaches for Streamlining Section 7 Consultation on Hazardous Fuels Treatment Projects. Issued October 11, 2002
(68 FR 1628; January 13, 2003)

2003[pdf]
Guidance on Evaluating the Net Benefit of Hazardous Fuels Treatment Projects. Issued December 10, 2002
(68 FR 1629; January 13, 2003)
2003[pdf]
Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) between EPA, FWS, and NMFS to enhance coordination under the Clean Water Act and the ESA for section 7 consultations
(66 FR 11202; February 22, 2001)
2001[pdf]
Improving Coordination of ESA Section 7 Consultation with the FERC Licensing Process2000[pdf]

ESA Section 7 Consultation Handbook

1998[pdf]
[1.2 MB]



 

Permits & Habitat Conservation Plans (ESA Section 10)
»more info on the Permit & HCP program

Policy/Guidance/RegulationDateDocument
ESA Section 10 Regulations2005[pdf]
"No Surprises" Rule
(63 FR 8859; February 23, 1998)
1998[pdf]
Safe Harbor Policy
(64 FR 32717; June 17, 1999)
1999[pdf]
Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances and Safe Harbor Agreements
(64 FR 32726; June 17, 1999)
1999[pdf]

Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) Handbook
» U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service HCP Handbook website

1996[pdf]
[4.6 MB]
--Addendum to the HCP Handbook: 5-Point Policy
(65 FR 35242; June 1, 2000)
2000[pdf]

Updated: August 12, 2013