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Endangered Species Act Policies, Guidance, and Regulations


ESA (general): Interagency Cooperative Policy
Policy/Guidance/Regulation Date
Revised Interagency Cooperative Policy Regarding the Role of State Agencies in Endangered Species Act Activities
(81 FR 8663; February 22, 2016)
2016
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



 

Listing (ESA Section 4)
»more info on the Listing program
Policy/Guidance/Regulation Date Document
ESA Section 4 Regulations 2005 [pdf]
Implementing Changes to the Regulations for Designating Critical Habitat, 424.12 2016 81 FR 7413
Policy Regarding Implementation of Section 4(b)(2) of the Endangered Species Act 2016 81 FR 7226
Guidance on Responding to Petitions and Conducting Status Reviews under the Endangered Species Act 2015 [pdf]
Significant Portion of its Range Policy 2014 79 FR 37577
Impact Analyses of Critical Habitat 2013 78 FR 53058
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance 2008 [pdf]
Revision of Candidate Species Definition 2006 [pdf]
5-Year Review Guidance and Template
»more info on 5-year reviews
2006 [pdf]
Hatchery Listing Policy for Pacific salmonids 2005 [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]
Guidelines on species priority for listing and recovery
(55 FR 24296; June 15, 1990)
1990 [pdf]
Establishment of NOAA/Transfer of Authority & ESA Jurisdiction:
»Memorandum of Understanding between the USFWS and NMFS regarding jurisdictional responsibilities and listing procedures 1974 [pdf]
»Reorganization Plan No. 4 1970 [pdf]



 

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

Policy/Guidance/Regulation Date Document
ESA Section 4 Regulations 2005 [pdf]
Post-Delisting Monitoring Plan Guidance 2008 [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]
5-Year Review Guidance and Template
»more info on 5-year reviews
2006 [pdf]
Controlled Propagation Policy for ESA-Listed Species 2000 [pdf]
Interagency Cooperative Policy on Recovery Plan Participation and Implementation Under the ESA 1994 [pdf]
Superceded Recovery Planning Guidelines 1992 [pdf]



 

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

Policy/Guidance/Regulation Date Document
ESA Section 7 Regulations 2005 [pdf]
Definition of Destruction or Adverse Modification of Critical Habitat 2016 81 FR 7214
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 Process 2000 [pdf]

ESA Section 7 Consultation Handbook

1998 [pdf]



 

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

Policy/Guidance/Regulation Date Document
ESA Section 10 Regulations 2005 [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]
--Addendum to the HCP Handbook: 5-Point Policy
(65 FR 35242; June 1, 2000)
2000 [pdf]

Updated: April 20, 2016