National Fire Plan Project Design and Consultation Process Interagency Site

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Users are encouraged to use the site when it will meet their needs for project design, planning, effects analysis, and implementation. Please Note: Data on this site will not be updated (see "Important Notice" below), so users are responsible for obtaining any additional or more recent scientific information on which to base their analyses. Some field units have modified the criteria presented on this website to fit their own local situations; and we encourage such uses. This process is one of many different tools available to assist in Endangered Species Act consultation and meeting the needs of streamlining. Information in this process can also be used in implementing the Counterpart Regulations. Other examples of potential uses of this information can be found in the January 10, 2005 interagency memo. Users wanting to access the information found in the National Fire Plan Project Design and Consultation Process can use the links below. Again, users are responsible for obtaining any additional or more recent scientific information on which to base their analyses.

What is the National Fire Plan Project Design and Consultation Process?

This product comprises a suite of effects determinations, including project criteria and conservation recommendations, designed to reduce the effect of National Fire Plan related activities on species listed under the Endangered Species Act and other species of concern. This process can be used by Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management units in the northwest when doing Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7 consultations with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service or NOAA Fisheries on National Fire Plan related activities. Executives from these four agencies within the northwest have endorsed the use of this process (see November 20, 2001 letter from regional executives).

This process applies to National Fire Plan related activities on National Forests and BLM lands in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, Utah, western Montana and western Wyoming.

Why use this process?

This process is designed to provide a consistent approach to conserve and recover species listed under the ESA, candidate and proposed species, and other at-risk species. This process can lend efficiency to the Section 7 consultation process through analyzing species effects, making effects determinations, and documenting those determinations. Thus helping to ensure timely ESA compliance and implementation of National Fire Plan projects.

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Important Notice: In November 2004, managers from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - Fisheries (NOAA-Fisheries), U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) chose to discontinue further updates to this website. The managers also rescinded the InterAgency Agreement that provided a 14-day Letter of Concurrence from NOAA-Fisheries and FWS on National Fire Plan projects that met the project criteria and effects determinations found in this site. This decision is documented in an interagency memo dated January 10, 2005.