How IPaC works:

  • Enter project location

    Provide the geographic location for the project


    Entering the project location is the first step in defining your project in IPaC. Draw the location on a map, or upload a shapefile if you have one.

    While doing so, you can interact with map layers that show the distribution of important biological resources, such as critical habitat, wetlands, GAP land cover, and so forth.

  • Get a resource list

    See listed species and other FWS trust resources in this location and get an official species list


    Getting a resource list lets you determine whether any threatened and endangered species, designated or proposed critical habitat, Migratory Birds of Conservation Concern, or other natural resources of concern may be affected by your project.

    You can also request an official species list if your project requires this regulatory document.

  • Analyze impacts

    Provide project details to get recommended conservation measures


    Analyzing impacts involves providing details about your project to learn of its potential impacts on species and the resources they rely upon.

    IPaC helps you determine what the impacts are likely to be and provides design recommendations (i.e., conservation measures) for addressing them. By obtaining this information early in the project development process, you can more easily incorporate it into your planning, thus saving time and money, and avoiding potential project delays.

  • Begin consultation

    Federal agencies can submit project data to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to begin a consultation


    The trust resource report, official species list, and recommended conservation measures report are a starting point to building a biological assessment or habitat conservation plan.

    In the future, IPaC will allow you to provide even more details about your project, generate a draft biological assessment, and if your project has a federal nexus, collaborate with Service biologists in an interactive, online consultation.