Biological Opinion National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Biological Opinion (AKRO-2020-01519)
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) Biological Opinion National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska Integrated Activity Plan Biological Opinion AKRO-2020-01519
In this document, the action agency is Department of Interior’s Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which proposes to implement a new Integrated Activity Plan (IAP) in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPR-A). The IAP will allow expanded leasing and development opportunities compared to the current IAP. The leasing, exploration, development, and decommissioning of multiple projects that occurs under this IAP is expected to extend over an 85-year period beginning within one year of the Record of Decision. The consulting agency for this proposal is NMFS’s Alaska Region. This document represents NMFS’s programmatic biological opinion (opinion) on the effects of this proposed action on endangered and threatened marine mammals and designated critical habitat.