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
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...
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...
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:
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...
- Apr 09, 2014 - Service Reopens Public Comment Period for Proposal to List the Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo as a Threatened Species
- Apr 07, 2014 - Comment Period Extended for Proposals to Protect Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse
- Apr 03, 2014 - Service Provides More Than $47 Million in Grants to States, Territories for Sensitive, Imperiled Species
- Mar 31, 2014 - Island Night Lizard Removed from Endangered Species List Due to Recovery