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Each Field Office decides when to “turn on” delivery of IPaC Species Lists on behalf of its office. After you have satisfactorily defined the Section 7 ranges for all species in your Field Office jurisdiction and tested that the Section 7 ranges are producing the correct species lists through IPaC, you are ready to authorize species list delivery through IPaC.

Authorization Alternatives

Each Field Office has a number of authorization alternatives for delivering species lists through IPaC. By default, the authorization level is set to “None”.

  1. Preliminary Species Lists only,
  2. Preliminary or Official Species Lists, or
  3. None. 

To view or change the authorization level, go to ECOS->Species->Office Section 7 Ranges and click Authorize generation of Species Lists through IPaC (as shown below).

 

Preliminary and official species lists

Select this option if you want IPaC to completely automate delivery of official species lists for your office.

Under this option, IPaC users can view a preliminary species list for your office on the IPaC Natural Resources of Concern page. They can also request an official species list. When an official species list request is made, IPaC will automatically create an official species list and deliver it to the requester by email. In addition, both Primary and Secondary IPaC Contacts for your office will receive an email from IPaC. The email will contain:

  • the requester's contact information,
  • an indication that an official species list was delivered to the requester,
  • a link to a system generated Section 7 consultation record in TAILS that contains the official species list document and a project location shapefile as attachments.

In short, the system generated email is merely an FYI - no further action is required. If you provide a website address when setting this authorization level, the address will be provided to the requester as a source of additional information.

Preliminary species list only

Select this option if you would like IPaC to create official species lists documents, but want to review, modify, or add information to them before sending them on to the requester. Examples of possible additional information are proposed critical habitat (at this time, IPaC includes only final designated critical habitat) and office specific species concerns.

Under this option, IPaC users can view a preliminary species list for your office on the IPaC Natural Resources of Concern page. They can also request an official species list. When an official species list request is made, IPaC will create a preliminary species list document and make it available to the requester, while emphasizing the list is only preliminary and that your office will deliver an official list within 30 days. In addition, an email will be sent to the Primary and Secondary Contacts for your office. The email will contain

  • the requester's contact information,
  • an indication that a preliminary species list was made available to the requester,
  • a request that your office provide an official species list within 30 days,
  • a link to a system generated Section 7 consultation record in TAILS that contains a draft official species list document and a project location shapefile as attachments.

In short, if you authorize release of preliminary species lists only, IPaC forwards the official species list request to your office, and your Primary or Secondary IPaC Contact is responsible for sending an official list directly to the requester. If you provide a website address when setting this authorization level, the address will be provided to the requester as a source of additional information.

No species list generation

Select this option if you prefer that IPaC NOT create species lists for your office. No species lists will be generated, no TAILS Section 7 consultation records will be created and no email messages will be sent to your office's Primary and Secondary IPaC Contacts. In fact, Primary and Secondary IPaC Contacts need not even be specified. In addition, the IPaC Natural Resources of Concern page will not display a preliminary species list for your office and IPaC users that desire an official or preliminary species list will be given your office's contact information and directed to your office's website (if provided).

Projects that Span Multiple Office Jurisdictions

Sometimes projects span multiple office jurisdictions. When this happens, offices that choose official or preliminary-only authorization are handled in the following manner:

  • A TAILS Section 7 consultation record is created for EACH office, with the appropriate species list documents attached.
  • For each consultation record created, the other involved offices are specified as affiliated offices.
  • A TAILS Bundle is created for each office. The bundle contains the TAILS consultation record for that office plus those from the other office(s).
  • A separate species list document is created and delivered for each office, following the rules for official or preliminary lists, as appropriate.
  • Each species list document contains only the species that fall in the jurisdiction of that office.
  • Each species list document includes the contact information of the other office(s).
  • Each species list document has wording that makes clear that all species lists must be received in order to have a complete FWS response.

In a multiple office scenario, offices that have chosen "No species list generation" are handled the same manner as in the single office case.

Testing Species list Accuracy Prior to Choosing an Authorization Level

If your office authorization setting is currently "No species list generation" and you want to test the accuracy of the species lists that IPaC will generate prior to choosing one of the other alternatives, click the "Test your IPaC Data" link on the left navigation pane.

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