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Ecological Risk Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

Endangered & Threatened Species

  1. What documentation is required for endangered and threatened species?
  2. Does the information documenting the absence of endangered or threatened species have to be updated?

1. What documentation is required for endangered and threatened species?

The potential for endangered or threatened species to be present within a project area must be established by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or the appropriate state agency in the form of a letter. A letter should be requested from the appropriate contact(s) listed below and this documentation should be included with the Screening Level Ecological Risk Assessment.

Delaware

Karen Bennett
Delaware Natural Heritage Program
Nongame and Endangered Species Program
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control
4876 Hay Point Landing Rd
Smyrna, DE 19977
302-653-2883 X101

Maryland

Lori Byrne, Wildlife Biologist
Maryland Wildlife and Heritage Service
Department of Natural Resources
Tawes State Office Building, E-1
580 Taylor Ave
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-260-8573

The federal contact for Delaware and Maryland is:

Mary Ratnaswamy
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
177 Admiral Cochrane Drive
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-573-4541

Pennsylvania

Fish, Amphibians, and Reptiles:

Chris Urban
PA Fish and Boat Commission
459 Robinson Lane
Bellefonte, PA 16823

Birds and Mammals:

James R. Leigey
PA Game Commission
2001 Elmerton Avenue
Harrisburg, PA 17110-9797

Plants:

Justin Newell
PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Bureau of Forestry
6th Floor Rachel Carson State Office Building
PO Box 8552
Harrisburg, PA 17105-8552

The federal contact for Pennsylvania is:

David Densmore
USFWS - PAFO
312 South Allen Street
Suite 322
State College, PA 16801

Virginia

Non-insect Animals:

Mr. Andy Zadnick
Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries
Environmental Services Section
P.O. Box 11104
Richmond, VA 23230
Phone: (804) 367-2733

Plants and Insects:

Ms. René Hypes
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Division of Natural Heritage
217 Governor St. 2nd Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
Phone: (804) 371-2708

The federal contact for Virginia is:

Eric Davis
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
6669 Short Lane
Gloucester, VA 23061
(804) 693-6694 X104

West Virginia

Barbara Sargent
WVDNR - Wildlife Diversity Program
PO Box 67
Ward Road
Elkins, WV 26241
Phone: 304/637-0545
FAX: 304/637-0250
http://www.wvdnr.govClick here to read the "Exit EPA Website" Disclaimer

The federal contact for West Virginia is:

Tom Chapman
USFWS - WVFO
694 Beverly Pike
Elkins, WV 26241

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2. Does the information documenting the absence of endangered or threatened species have to be updated?

The potential for endangered or threatened species to be present within a project area should be established or confirmed at key phases of the project. At a minimum, it is recommended that this occur when the RI/FS work plan is prepared, prior to completion of the FS or preparation of the proposed plan (if more than two years has elapsed), during remedial design, and at each Five Year Review.

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