Fish, Wildlife, and Plant Conservation

ESA Section 7 Consultations 

In addition to recovery planning and implementation, the BLM also is responsible for consultation under Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Under the ESA, the BLM (and other federal agencies) must consult with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and/or the National Marine Fisheries Service whenever it determines that an action it authorizes, funds, or carries out may affect a listed species.

The Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages the protection of the nation's federally-listed plants and animals, with the exception of marine species managed by the National Marine Fisheries Service. [FWS manages a few marine mammals such as sea and marine otters, walrus, polar bear, 3 species of manatees, and dugong (sea cow)].

The U.S Fish and Wildlife Service's ESA Section 7 Consultation program is described here: http://www.fws.gov/endangered/consultations/index.html

The National Marine Fisheries Service (part of the Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) manages federally-listed marine species, such as marine turtles, fish, invertebrates, and some marine mammals.

The National Marine Fisheries Service's ESA Section 7 Consultation program is described here:  http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/consultation/