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- Large Projects
- Early Coordination
The Pennsylvania Natural Diversity Inventory Environmental Review Tool (PNDI ER Tool)
enables the public to perform online PNDI searches for potential impacts to
threatened, endangered, special concern species and special concern resources in PA. Anyone including property owners, consultants,
project planners and PA DEP or PA CCD staff can access the tool for PNDI project screening.
The PNDI ER Tool is used prior to submitting permit applications to DEP or during any project pre-planning phases.
The user performs the search online using the ER Tool, prints the results from the search (called “PNDI Environmental
Review Receipt”) and follows the instructions on the receipt. For more information about the receipt results and what they
mean, please visit the PNDI Receipt page.
In order to adequately provide for the protection of special concern species and
resources while also reducing the number of false hits when conducting PNDI searches,
it is important that the correct project area and type is entered into the PNDI ER Tool.
If you believe you have entered the information incorrectly, please rerun the search.
Some projects are too large to be drawn in the PNDI Environmental Review Tool
and are therefore called “Large Projects”. To find out if your project is a Large Project,
please visit the Large Project Information Page.
Resource Agency Jurisdiction
A PNDI ER Tool web-site inquiry generates on-line search results concerning the
potential impacts of a project to special concern species and resources.
Four government agencies have jurisdiction over the protection of these resources:
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Federally listed, proposed & candidate species
Statute: Endangered Species Act of 1973
16 U.S.C. §§ 1531 et seq.
- Pennsylvania Game Commission
- PA state-listed birds and mammals
Statute: Game and Wildlife Code
34 Pa. C.S.A. §§ 101 et seq.
- Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission
- PA state-listed fish, reptiles, amphibians, and aquatic organisms
Statute: Fish and Boat Code
30 Pa. C.S.A. §§ 101 et seq.
- Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
- PA state-listed plants, natural communities, terrestrial invertebrates and geological features
Statute: Wild Resources Conservation Act
32 P.S. §§ 5301 et seq.
Because the Environmental Review Tool is easily accessible to the public,
it is recommended that PNDI coordination be completed prior to project development
and submission of any permit applications. During instances when the PNDI search
indicates potential impacts, early consultation with the proper special concern
species or resource jurisdictional agencies (preferably prior to plan development)
is crucial. Early consultation not only minimizes associated delays and cost,
but also facilitates the integration of more effective conservation measures into