Recovery - Permits
Recovery permits are issued to scientists in order to study and/or conduct specific research activities with federally listed threatened and endangered species. The information obtained from these permitted activities provides us with a better understanding on how best to conserve, manage, and recover federally protected species.
Recovery Permit Application Form
The Fish and Wildlife Service recovery permit application form 3-200-55 is available on the web or through our Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator. We recommend you take a moment to read the instructions prior to filling out this form.
Please be sure you are using a current copy of the Recovery Permit application form 3-200-55. The expiration date in the upper right hand corner should say 12/31/2013.
Practical Exams and Surveying Information
Some species research requires an individual to pass a practical exam in order to obtain a new permit or renew an existing permit.
For example, to help establish the presence or absence of certain federally listed species found within the CFWO area of responsibility, the following standardized survey protocols are recommended and may be found on our Survey and Monitoring Information web page.
Other species within the Service's Pacific Southwest Region having survey protocols and guidelines can be found here.
Minimum Qualifications for Obtaining Recovery Permits
Region 8 minimum qualifications:
For additional information and assistance on recovery permits, contact:
Susie Tharratt,Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator
Email: Susie_Tharratt@fws.gov Phone: 760-431-9440 Ext. 310
To learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s permit program, please go to the following websites: