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Maine Endangered Species Program/Essential Wildlife Habitat Review Process
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These are the steps a municipality or state agency must take to address Essential Habitat concerns when reviewing or proposing projects within their jurisdiction.
1. Determine if the proposed project is in or near an essential habitat.
2. Consult with the MDIFW regional wildlife biologist.
3. Submit a "Request for Project Evaluation" to MDIFW.
MDIFW will evaluate the final project proposal according to review standards established for Essential Habitats, and determine if the project would significantly alter the habitat or violate protection guidelines. Conditions agreed to as safeguards for the Essential Habitat must be itemized in the permit application, site plan, or other project documentation. Site visits and discussions with the project applicant may be necessary if they have not previously occurred.
MDIFW will notify the town or state agency of the results of its evaluation. The town or state agency issues a decision based on the Department's evaluation and notifies the project applicant.
Request for Project Evaluation (PDF)
Questions, suggestions, and comments about the Essential Wildlife Habitat Maps or the Internet Mapping Service can be directed to: email@example.com. (Please include “EH” or “Essential Habitat” in the subject line of your message.)
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