Endangered Species & Construction
An endangered species is any species that is at risk of extinction because of a sudden rapid decrease in its population or a loss of its critical habitat. Loss of habitat and loss of genetic variation leave these species vulnerable. A threated species is any species generally believed to become endangered within all or much of its range in the near future. In Illinois, the Illinois Endangered Species Protection Act (520 ILSC 10/) was enacted to help protect those species of plants and animals native to Illinois which are in danger of being lost from the wild in the state.
Using the Illinois Department of Natural Resources’ (IDNR) Ecological Compliance Assessment Tool (EcoCAT), state and local government agencies, or project proponents seeking authorization or funding from such agencies, can fulfill their obligations to consult with the IDNR on potential impacts to state listed species and other state protected natural resources, such as state designated natural areas. The IDNR’s Impact Assessment Section processes over 12,000 consultation requests per year. Through the EcoCAT consultation process, the IDNR works closely and proactively with agencies and project proponents to avoid and minimize impacts to these rare species and habitats and help ensure violations of the statutes do not occur. More information about EcoCAT consultation can be found here.
More information about state listed species can be found here: Illinois Endangered Species Protection Board More Information about IDNR endangered species permits and scientific research permits can be found here: IDNR: Endangered and Threatened Species