Q. 15, Short EAF (Part 1) Endangered / Threatened Species
Short Environmental Assessment Form Workbook
Does the site of the proposed action contain any species of animal, or associated habitats, listed by the State or Federal government as threatened or endangered?
Threatened and endangered species are protected by both State and federal laws. These species, along with the habitats that support them are considered sensitive resources. This question asks the applicant to identify whether any threatened or endangered species (animals) and their associated habitats are present on the project site.
Answering the Question
The answer to this question will be automatically inserted on the pdf generated by the EAF Mapper. If endangered or threatened species or their associated habitats are known to be within the boundaries of the project site, the EAF Mapper will check "yes" on a PDF of the SEAF. If 'yes' is returned for Question 15, then applicants should investigate further, guided by the instructions below, to identify what species are known to be present. If the applicant or project sponsor believes the answer filled out by the EAF Mapper is incorrect, supplemental information should be provided to the reviewing agency that explains that discrepancy.
If there are no known endangered or threatened species or associated habitats located within the project boundary, the EAF Mapper will check "no" on the form for you.
If the EAF Mapper is not used to answer this question, it does not mean that answering the question requires completion of a site-specific wildlife or plant inventory. There are many sources of already available information that you can easily access to find out whether any threatened or endangered species and their habitats are found on your project site. In order to answer this question, you will need to access the DEC website to get this information. The following links will be helpful sources of information:
The Environmental Resource Mapper and the New York Nature Explorer are online mapping tools that identify general locations where rare animals, rare plants, and significant natural communities (such as forests, wetlands, and other habitat types) are already documented in New York. If this tool indicates that a plant or animal species occurs on your proposed project site, you should seek additional information from other sources listed below to confirm that these are threatened or endangered species.
You may also find that information on endangered and threatened species has already been collected for the municipality. Contact the town/city/village clerk to find out if a local comprehensive plan, open space plan, or wildlife and plant inventory has already developed for the area. Often, these documents include lists or maps that will be helpful to you in answering this question.
Some communities also have Conservation Advisory Councils. These local environmental advisory groups, made up of volunteer members from the community, often have already completed local inventories of plant and animal species. They may be a helpful source of information and maps.
Once you have checked with DEC information sources and local information held at the municipality, you can answer the question.
Answering the Question
Answer no if your search finds that there are no threatened or endangered species, or their associated habitats occurring on the project site. Again note that new site specific inventories of plants and animals should not be necessary.
Answer yes if your search finds that threatened or endangered species or their associated habitats are known to occur on the project site. Again, note that new site specific inventories of plants and animals are not expected, but additional follow-up consultation with the DEC should be done.
Other Useful Links
For a list of animals listed by the State as endangered or threatened, go to the State Threatened and Endangered Species List page. You can also find a list of endangered and threatened fishes on DEC's website.
For other information on endangered species, go to the Endangered Species Unit page.
For information on the New York Natural Heritage Program and a list of plants listed by the State as endangered or threatened, go to the NY Natural Heritage page or the Biodiversity and Species Conservation Page.
Information on federal endangered species, go to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service page. You may also find additional information at the Region 5 Office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
NYS's Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy (CWCS) Plan may also have information on threatened and endangered species.