Species of Concern is a term used by a lot of different conservation and regulatory groups in different ways. The lead federal species protection agency, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, defines Species of Concern as an informal term that refers to those species which might be in need of concentrated conservation actions.
Transect uses this term similarly: Species of Concern are those species that are in need of some additional action on a project site. The additional action might be a habitat assessment, a presence/absence survey, or a permit.
Because there are federal and state laws that protect sensitive species, and those laws often trigger lengthly permitting timelines, it is important to know as soon as possible if there are any species of concern on your proposed project.
Whether you’re laying new infrastructure, planning out a new commercial development site, or building a new cell tower, identifying species of concern is a key consideration in project budget, timeline, and footprint planning.
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Non-compliance with federal and state environmental laws can have serious consequences to your project. The potential risks to your project include project termination, delays, fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, notice of violation on the property title, or mitigation.
Use our Free Environmental Due Diligence Checklist to make sure your project runs on-time and on budget by knowing exactly what kind of environmental issues might affect your budget, footprint, or schedule.
Under the Endangered Species Act, there are two ways to get a permit from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) for project impacts to federally-protected species. The one that your project will use is completely dependent on a very nuancical regulatory mechanism (the presence of a federal nexus or not), but we'll try to make it easy to understand. Below are the two permit options available to any project that is likely to effect federally-protected species:
State species permits vary from state to state. Want to know if your project has species of concern and is subject to a state species permit? Transect can help. Get a species of concern analysis as well as site-specific permits, recommendations, timelines, and next steps for your project - for free!