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
All Aboard! Sacramento NWR Has a New Tram for Auto Tour Route
The Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge added an electric tram to its fleet to be used for a transportation study and the refuge's auto tour. The new tram, which seats six, and will provide visitors a unique view of the refuge, was donated by the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Leopard Sharks' Return Signals Success of Wetland Restoration
It's a sign that the restoration work we've been doing is paying off," said Eric Mruz, manager of the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, talking about the sudden flourishing of leopard sharks in the south San Francisco Bay and what it means for the historic South Bay Salt Pond Restoration Project. Learn more...
Rare Paiute Cutthroat Trout Returning to Native Habitat
The Paiute cutthroat trout, one the rarest trout in the world, was isolated in Silver King Creek in Alpine County, Calif., eight to ten thousand years ago when receding water and a series of waterfalls disconnected the fish from other similar species. Today, the trout is found in only a few isolated populations and has disappeared from their ancestral reach of Silver King Creek. Learn more...
Lead exposure from the consumption of carrion containing lead fragments from spent shot or ammunition is the biggest cause of death in California condors, twice as much as the next biggest cause of mortality, predation. It's also the largest impediment to condor recovery. The population of condors is not self-sustaining as long as lead continues to be the factor that it is today.
- Dec 19, 2013 - Critical Habitat Designated for Franciscan Manzanita
- Dec 19, 2013 - Comment Period Extended for Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse
- Dec 10, 2013 - Indian Knob Mountainbalm to Remain an Endangered Plant Species Under the Endangered Species Act
- Dec 09, 2013 - Bay Delta Conservation Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement Available for Public Comment