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Red-cockaded woodpeckerThe Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires that applicants for a Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) permit take no action that might adversely affect certain species. In addition, species that are under stress may become listed species if adverse impacts continue to their population or habitat. To help insure that permitted projects do not contribute to further endangerment of a species, it may be required to modify or condition a permit where a species of concern is present.

If you have a project that is located in an area that may include one or more species that warrant protection, a threatened and endangered species survey may be required by a qualified, professional biologist. Any survey for endangered or threatened species must comply with the Endangered Species Act. Failure to comply with the Endangered Species Act can lead to civil and criminal penalties. If you are required to survey for a species for a Corps permit, you should have the survey protocol approved in writing from both the Corps and USFWS.

Time-of-year restrictions are a common way to protect nesting, feeding, and other activities that happen in specific location during specific times of the years. A condition of an Army Corps permit will include a time of year (TOY) restriction as needed to protect the species from the applicant's authorized activity.

Certain species also have a recovery plan. Where a recovery plan has been developed, the actions identified that will promote the recovery of the species will usually become conditions of any Corps permit issued to an applicant. The applicant need to agree to comply with those conditions in order to proceed with the activity authorized by the Corps permit.

List of Consultants

This is a Consultant's List (environmental/wildlife/wetland/cultural).  This is not an all-inclusive list nor an approved list of consultants.   The Vicksburg District is not endorsing, recommending, or making any judgment on the listed consultants qualifications, experience, or quality of work.  This list is provided as a courtesy to the regulated public and as a starting point for potential applicants who have asked for consultant help in permitting issues.