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
Secretary Jewell Announces Additional $1 Million to Fund Urban Engagement Efforts at Southern California Wildlife Refuges
Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced August 13 that the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The refuge is the first among the nation's urban national wildlife refuges to receive this new award through a Service-wide competition.
Promoting California Tiger Salamander Recovery in Santa Barbara County
Beneath the grassland-covered hills across the La Purisima Ranch in southern California's Santa Barbara County, California tiger salamanders live out their days in small underground burrows, surfacing to visit the ponds on rainy nights to breed. This year, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service approved the La Purisima Conservation Bank, the first conservation bank in the region to ensure permanent habitat protection to support California tiger salamander recovery.
Habitat Conservation Plans (HCP): Good for Wildlife, Good for People
Before HCPs, most landowners had few options for using their land if a proposed use would result in harm or killing of a federally protected species. Support from landowners is essential to the conservation of rare wildlife because the largest proportion of species occur on private lands. Providing a process by which a landowner could both pursue economic benefit from their land and be in compliance with federal law made it possible to resolve conflicts between endangered species protection and economic development.
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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...
- Sep 16, 2014 - Fish and Wildlife Service Withdraws Proposal to Delist Valley Elderberry Longhorn Beetle from the ESA Following Scientific Review
- Sep 09, 2014 - Service Invites Additional Public Comment on Draft Economic Analysis for Oregon Spotted Frog Proposed Critical Habitat
- Sep 09, 2014 - Service Boosts State Endangered Species Conservation Efforts
- Sep 03, 2014 - Service Announces Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan and Public Comment Period