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.


  • Unlike many other salamanders, California tiger salamanders only spend a very short period of their life in water. - Photo Credit: Alice AbelaCredit: USFWS

    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.

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    Credit: USFWS

    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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    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

    Lost Young California Sea Lion visits the San Joaquin River NWR

    San Joaquin River National Wildlife Refuge in the northern San Joaquin Valley is known for its grassland, riparian, and wetland habitats. But on March 31, a confused California sea lion, nicknamed "Hoppie" by refuge staff, visited the refuge in Stanislaus County. According to refuge staff, the young mammal probably entered the San Joaquin River hot on the trail of big fish like large-mouth bass, striped bass, carp, or catfish. See the full story...

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