Pacific Southwest Region
Region 8, the Pacific Southwest Region, was established in 1998 in recognition of the unique natural resource challenges facing California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin. Many of these challenges evolve from the inherently rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with many of the fastest growing communities in the nation. The Pacific-Southwest Region places decision-making at the local level, where managers can best develop partnerships with external groups and organizations that contribute to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plant resources.
We will continue to be a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. Region 8 is headquartered in Sacramento, Calif.
PACIFIC SOUTHWEST HIGHLIGHTS
Service Joins Tejon Ranch Company to Announce Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan
With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service approval of the Tehachapi Uplands Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan (TUMSHCP) specific protections will be in place for 25 species, while permitting limited development and other land use activities on more than 140,000 acres of Tejon Ranch. Full story...
International “Ramsar” Recognition of San Francisco Bay Wetlands Celebrated
San Francisco Bay celebrated as a“Ramsar” Wetland of International Importance, at a May 10 ceremony in Tiburon, Calif., as part of this year's designations. The recognition of San Francisco Bay as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance was made on World Wetlands Day, Feb. 2, 2013. There are currently six Ramsar sites in California, and thirty-five in the United States. Full story...
A Century of Drought, Water Demand Doubles Size of Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge
Founded as a refuge in 1913, the desert shores of Anaho Island National Wildlife Refuge on Pyramid Lake, Nev., see Service staff, the occasional stranded boater, thousands of nesting birds and not much else. Migrating birds choose Anaho Island NWR to rest and raise their young away from human disturbance. Full story...
Pacific Flyway Wing Bee Identifies Over 20,000 Waterfowl Wings
Every February, biologists, birders and hunters meet at Coleman National Fish Hatchery to "read" thousands of waterfowl wings sent in a by hunters on the Pacific Flyway. The Pacific Flyway Wing Bee, a name derived from a gathering like a quilting bee or spelling bee, allows the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to exam wings from seven states, as wing readers and experts determine the species, sex and age composition of harvested Pacific Flyway waterfowl using detached wings mailed in by hunters. Full story...
- May 23, 2013 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grants Program Awards Five Native American Tribes in California and Nevada for Conservation Work
- May 20, 2013 - National Survey Shows More Californians Engaging in Wildlife-Dependent Recreation
- May 16, 2013 - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Endangered Species Recovery Champion Award Winners
- May 15, 2013 - Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Two Migratory Bird Habitat Projects in California’s Central Valley