IDAHO FISH AND WILDLIFE OFFICE (IFWO)
The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office (IFWO) is a Pacific Region Ecological Services State Office, headquartered in Boise, Idaho. The State Office is the central coordinating office with the Service’s Pacific Regional Office, located in Portland, Oregon.
To assure statewide assistance, two additional IFWO Field Offices serve the public and other agencies: the Eastern Idaho and Northern Idaho Field Offices. Together, the three offices work with others to conserve, protect and enhance Idaho’s fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
The Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office Threatened and Endangered Species List includes mammal, fish, plant and invertebrate species, and candidate species.
Idaho State Office
The Idaho State Office is located in Boise, Idaho, the seat of Idaho’s state government. Staff work closely with Idaho’s Congressional delegation, State Legislators, Mayors and County Commissioners, as well as federal, state and county agencies, Idaho Tribes, conservation and non-governmental organizations, businesses, universities, and private landowners on various Endangered Species issues (listing, recovery, critical habitat), conservation planning, candidate conservation, environmental contaminants, hydroelectric relicensing, wind energy, private lands/partnerships, contracting/budget and FOIA, and environmental education.
The Idaho State Office serves 23 of Idaho’s southern and central counties: Ada, Adams, Blaine, Boise, Camas, Canyon, Cassia, Clearwater, Elmore, Gem, Gooding, Idaho, Jerome, Latah, Lewis, Lincoln, Minidoka, Nez Perce, Owyhee, Payette, Twin Falls, Valley and Washington counties.
Idaho Fish and Wildlife Office Administrative Services is usually the public's first stop for assistance with inquiry, from telephone calls to correspondence. Administrative staff assist the Service's various partners, agencies and vendors with budget and contracting to ensure timely, accurate and responsive contracts and accounts payable support. Information technology and GIS tools allow the Service to communicate with the public, meeting the demands for technology-based communication. Many federal records are available to the public, and Administrative Services staff conduct a records management program that allows for responsive public record management, including document retrieval and sharing. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests are also the responsibility of Adminstrative Services staff.
Service staff in Boise place funding and personnel toward recovery of species, habitat conservation, and conservation partnerships. Strong partnerships exist between the Service and private landowners working together in Idaho’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, resulting in habitat enhancement and restoration benefiting a host of imperiled and sensitive species. Staff dedicated to federal agency coordination work with the U.S. Forest Service, BLM, Bureau of Reclamation, NOAA Fisheries, Army Corps of Engineers, EPA, FERC and Idaho Power Company. Staff work closely with our State partners, including Idaho Department of Fish and Game, Idaho Department of Transportation, Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and other state agencies. The office’s conservation planning group has implemented Candidate Conservation Agreements and other tools throughout the state, resulting in species conservation and habitat restoration. Service staff also work with Idaho’s Tribes: the Coeur d’Alene, Kootenai, Nez Perce, Shoshone-Bannock, Shoshone Paiute, and the Northwestern Band of Shoshone Nation.
Service staff works with its partners to conserve many Idaho species, including sage-grouse, gray wolf, bald eagles and migratory birds, aquatic invertebrates and Snake River snails, bull trout, Canada lynx, southern and northern Idaho ground squirrels, slickspot peppergrass, Columbia spotted frog, Packard’s milkvetch, Mac Farlane’s four-o’clock and water howellia.
Eastern Idaho Field Office, Chubbuck, Idaho
The Eastern Idaho Field Office (EIFO) was established to provide assistance to federal, state and county agencies, the Shoshone-Bannock Tribe of Idaho, elected officials, conservation and non-governmental organizations, businesses and private landowners in eastern Idaho.
The EIFO is responsible for all aspects of Endangered Species Act (ESA) implementation, species conservation, habitat enhancement, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, environmental contaminants, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), wind and other alternative energy projects, Section 7 consultation and federal project planning assistance.
The EIFO serves Idaho’s 16 eastern counties: Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Bonneville, Butte, Caribou, Clark, Custer, Franklin, Fremont, Jefferson, Lemhi, Madison, Oneida, Power and Teton counties.
Service staff works with its partners to conserve a broad range of species, including sage-grouse, sharp-tailed grouse, bald eagles and migratory birds, aquatic invertebrates, bull trout, Ute’s ladies-tresses, Yellow-billed cuckoo, Canada lynx, wolverine and Yellowstone grizzly bear.
EIFO biologists work to build strong partnerships at the local level to achieve conservation successes for species and habitats. Excellent customer service and communication regarding federal land consultations occurs amongst the Service, Forest Service and BLM. Collaboration with private landowners in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has resulted in habitat restoration and enhancement for many species. Additionally, the Service is a member of several eastern Idaho multi-partner committees, including the Yellowstone Grizzly Bear Coordination Committee, Upper Henry’s Fork Conservation Committee, Pacificorp Environmental Committee, Henry’s Fork Watershed Council, and several sage-grouse local working groups.
Northern Idaho Field Office, Spokane, Washington
The Northern Idaho Field Office (NIFO) was established in Spokane, Washington, to provide more responsive service to North Idaho’s public, federal, state and local agencies, the Kootenai and Coeur d’Alene Tribes, nongovernmental organizations and the public. The NIFO is co-located with the Eastern Washington Field Office (part of the Washington State Office).
The NIFO office serves Idaho’s 5 northern counties: Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai and Shoshone.
Service staff works with its partners to conserve Northern Idaho species, including Canada lynx, Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak grizzly bear, Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou, bald eagles and migratory birds, bull trout, Kootenai River white sturgeon, Kootenai River burbot, Spalding’s catchfly and other Palouse prairie plants.
NIFO is lead for two trans-boundary species, the Selkirk Mountains woodland caribou and the Kootenai River white sturgeon, which require collaboration with the State of Montana and Canada. The Service works closely with the Forest Service, EPA, Army Corps of Engineers, Bonneville Power Administration, BLM, Federal Highways Administration/Idaho Transportation and BLM on federal activities consultation. Collaboration with private landowners in the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program has resulted in habitat restoration and enhancement for fish, plants and mammals in the Clearwater and Palouse Prairie. Additionally, the Service’s NIFO staff participates in a cooperative effort with British Columbia on the Upper Columbia White Sturgeon Recovery Initiative, bull trout recovery, the Interagency Grizzly Bear Subcommittee (Selkirk and Cabinet-Yaak) and many interagency NRDA efforts to restore the Coeur d’Alene Basin from historic impacts of mining. NIFO also works extensively in Clean Water Act, 404 permits, and hydroelectric power. Technical expertise is provided in environmental contaminants.
Office staff work closely with members of the governments of British Columbia, Idaho, and Washington, as well as other federal agencies and stakeholders in a variety of efforts to protect these species’ habitat and improve population numbers.
Last updated: August 12, 2014