A Biological Assessment of the Lakekamu Basin, Papua New Guinea By Andrew L. Mack, USFWS Biological Assessment Guidance Sample Outline for a Biological Assessment The purpose of a biological assessment is to evaluate the potential effects of the action on listed and proposed species and designated and proposed critical habitat and determine whether any such species or habitat are Biological Assessment Key Terms and Concepts What is a Biological assessment A biological assessment is an evaluation of the condition of a waterbody by sampling species that spend all or part of their lives in that waterbody A biological survey is conducted to collect a representative sample of the biological community found in the waterbody For each site sampled specific attributes, known as CFR . Biological assessments CFR US Law A biological assessment shall evaluate the potential effects of the action on listed and proposed species and designated and proposed critical habitat and determine whether any such species or habitat are likely to be adversely affected by the action and is used in determining whether formal consultation or a conference is necessary. What is the difference between a Biological Evaluation BE Sometimes, chlorpyrifos are used to spray on plants in order to kill the bugs Any type of pesticide can be dangerous to both animals and people Animals may also die from these pesticides A biological assessment is defined under the ESA A biological evaluation is a Guidance for Preparing a Biological Assessment Biological Assessments BA may serve multiple purposes, but the primary role is to document an agency s conclusions and the rationale to support those conclusions regarding the effects of their proposed actions on protected resources. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Ecological Services Formal Consultation and the Biological Opinion When a Federal agency determines, through a biological assessment or other review, that its action is likely to adversely affect a listed species, the agency submits to the Service a request for formal consultation During formal consultation, the Service and the agency share information about the proposed project and the species or critical habitat likely Guidance Manual for Writing Biological Assessment Documents The purpose of this Biological Assessment BA is to address the effect of the Insert project name Project on ESA species, listed as endangered or threatened under BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT AND EVALUATION Biological Assessment and Evaluation H decisions on each of these species This biological assessment and evaluation is intended to be dynamic and may be updated when any of the following occur A LRMP and or oil and gas leasing decision is amended or revised, Additional species are brought under the protection of ESA, Biopsychosocial Assessment Why the Biopsycho and Rarely In that setting, I grew to respect some of the strengths of the so called medical model I observed that some of the biological and psychological assessment tools and practices, used to analyse the history and behaviour of patients, were often of considerable assistance in understanding the messages encoded in those behaviours. BIOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT BIOLOGICAL EVALUATION Following is a discussion of some of the things to consider and include, as appropriate, in a biological assessment or biological evaluation A COVER LETTER Describe the type of Federal action involved e.g federal permit, federal funding, federal action, etc and letter of designation if you are the federal agency s non federal representative.
The Lakekamu Basin of Papua New Guinea encompasses roughly 2,500 square kilometers of pristine wilderness lowland rain forest Exceptional both in terms of numbers of species e.g the greatest diversity of ant species known from anywhere in the world and species found nowhere else, the basin is also sparsely populated, roadless, and so far unexploited by large scale loggThe Lakekamu Basin of Papua New Guinea encompasses roughly 2,500 square kilometers of pristine wilderness lowland rain forest Exceptional both in terms of numbers of species e.g the greatest diversity of ant species known from anywhere in the world and species found nowhere else, the basin is also sparsely populated, roadless, and so far unexploited by large scale logging or mining projects, making it an excellent conservation opportunity.This book provides the results of an intensive survey of the basin s plants, insects, fish, reptiles and amphibians, mammals, and birds During just one month of field work, 35 47 new species and possibly new genera were discovered, highlighting the biological richness of this region.