Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

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.


  • Credit: USFWS

    To circumvent harmful effects of drought on the Sacramento River,
    12 million juvenile hatchery salmon got a truck trip downstream

    Due to recent drought conditions, Chinook salmon from Coleman National Fish Hatchery are trucked to the Delta and released. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to monitor water condition and use the best available scientific data to release salmon. Watch the video...

    Credit: USFWS

    California's State Junior Duck Stamp Competition Judging to be Held at Crocker Art Gallery in Sacramento on March 27

    The Junior Duck Stamp Program is an arts- science curriculum designed to teach wetland habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. Using scientific and wildlife observation principles, the program helps students to visually communicate what they have learned by creating an entry for their state's contest. Judges select 25 winners from each group for prizes and one "Best of Show" winner who is entered in a national art competition. Learn more...

    Credit: USFWS

    State and Federal Agencies Evaluate New Drought Contingency Plan
    To Help Commercial Fishing and Utilize Trucking of Salmon Smolts

    The California Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the National Marine Fisheries Service have agreed on a temporary contingency plan for the release of hatchery smolts in 2014 due to drought. Learn more at these links:

    The Contingency Strategy
    News Release

    Credit: USFWS

    ASH MEADOWS NWR: Refuge Once Home to Whiskey Bootleggers

    As their cars crisscross Ash Meadows Natinal Wildlife Refuge roads visiting desert springs, many do not realize they are driving past a former bootlegger’s paradise. Before Ash Meadows became a refuge, the area had been used for some interesting illegal activity. Learn the full story...

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