Ecological Reviews

KDWP's Ecological Services Division provides timely professional reviews of proposed development projects with special emphasis on Threatened and Endangered species protection. Major strategies for project reviews are to address ecological concerns during the earliest stages of project planning and to use the latest technology and scientific information in developing sound ecological recommendations. Actions requiring a review are any that involve public funds, government assistance, require another state or federal permit, or potentially affect a current listed species or its critical habitat. Once all required materials have been submitted to KDWP Ecological Services Division, we will provide a regulatory response or request more information within 30 days. Submissions that lack sufficient detail or information may lead to delays in our review process. If you have any questions about this process, please feel free to contact us using the information below.

Publicly-funded Projects: In accordance with the Kansas Nongame and Endangered Species Conservation Act, an ecological review is required for all projects that are partially or entirely funded with public monies or receive governmental technical or financial assistance.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Notice of Intent (NOI): The KDHE requires applicants to identify whether the project will impact T&E species. KDWP can provide the appropriate regulatory documentation for the NOI application process in the form of a completed ecological review letter or report.

Projects requiring Division of Water Resources or Corps of Engineers permits: In accordance with the Water Projects Environmental Coordination Act [82a-325-327], KDWP is required to provide comments on projects applying for a Kansas Department of Agriculture - Division of Water Resources permit. In addition, KDWP provides comments to the Corps of Engineers on all public notices posted for Section 404 permits. Applicants may wish to submit their project for ecological review beforehand so that potential concerns with Threatened and Endangered species and wildlife habitat can be addressed prior to submitting applications to these other agencies.

What is needed to complete an ecological review?

  1. Project Name
  2. Location (Section-Township-Range; or GPS coordinates in decimal degrees) + County. For projects that span a large area (i.e. pipelines, roadways, railroads, etc.), please feel free to provide a .kmz file with the project outline in lieu of a list of location coordinates.
  3. Brief Description of the project (i.e. residential subdivision, industrial, commercial facility, etc.).
  4. Any project ID numbers assigned to this project, if applicable. (Primarily KDOT numbers)
  5. A map with the footprint of the project delineated.  Aerial photographs are preferred. Maps can be obtained from sources such as Google Earth (, Maps Live (, WebGIS (, Kansas Data Access and Support Center ( County resources include: Johnson County AIMS (; Sedgwick County (; Riley County (
  6. Design Plans

Please submit review materials to:

fax:(620) 672-2972
or sent via mail to Ecological Services Division, 512 SE 25th Avenue, Pratt, KS  67124-8174.

If you have any questions, please contact us at:

(620) 672-0720 or (620) 672-0798

Additional links:

Natural Resource Planner
Southern Great Plains Crucial Habitat Assessment Tool
Wind Power and Wildlife Issues in Kansas
Bat Specimen Procurement Statement
Kansas Fish Passage Guide