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Lands in California and Nevada are among the worlds richest sources of renewable energy in the form of wind, solar and geothermal energy. The Pacific Southwest Region provides environmental review of renewable energy projects in support of the Department of the Interior's initiatives to advance environmentally appropriate renewable energy in California and Nevada and Klamath Basin.
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  September 4, 2014
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Announces Revised Draft Bull Trout Recovery Plan and Public Comment Period 

Mt. Charleston Blue butterfllyIn a positive step for the future of bull trout recovery, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is announcing the availability of a Revised Draft Recovery Plan for the Coterminous U.S. Population of Bull Trout. The Service is requesting review and comments on the plan as part of a 90-day public comment period closing Dec. 3, 2014. Learn more

   
  August 14, 2014
 

Service Proposes Designation of Critical Habitat for Western Yellow-Billed Cuckoo 

Mt. Charleston Blue butterfllyThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate 546,335 acres of critical habitat for the western distinct population segment (DPS) of the yellow-billed cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) in 80 separate units in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. Learn more

   
  August 4, 2014
 

Comment Period Reopened for 30 Days on Proposal to Protect the Bi‐State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage‐Grouse 

Sage GrouseThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the public comment period on its proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse. The additional 30-day comment period will be announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. Learn more

   
  July 15, 2014
 

Service Announces Availability of Draft Economic Analysis on Proposals to protect Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

Sage GrouseThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) today announced plans to designate approximately 5,561 acres on Mount Charleston in southern Nevada’s Spring Mountains as critical habitat for the endangered Mount Charleston blue butterfly. Learn more

   
  June 2, 2014
 

Service Announces Availability of Draft Economic Analysis on Proposals to protect Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse

Sage GrouseThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of the draft economic analysis (DEA) associated with proposals to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service also announced a 30-day extension of the public comment period on the proposed critical habitat for the species. Learn more

   
  June 2, 2014
 

Webber’s Ivesia Protected under Endangered Species Act

Webber's IvesiaWebber’s ivesia (Ivesia webberi) was given protection under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a threatened species today by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in addition, the Service designated 2,170 acres of critical habitat for the species. Learn more..

   
  May 8, 2014
 

Public Hearings Rescheduled on Proposals to Protect Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse 

Sage Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced it has rescheduled public hearings on proposals to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The new hearing dates will be published in the Federal Register on May 9, 2014. Learn more

   
  April 7, 2014
 

Extension Period Extended 60 Days for Bi‐State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage‐Grouse 

Sage Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the extension of the public comment period for 60 days on the proposal to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act. The proposal includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse. Learn more

   
  February 12, 2014
 

Draft Economic Analysis Available on Proposed Critical Habitat Rule for Webber’s Ivesia--Public Comment Period Opens

Webber's IvesiaThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the availability of a draft economic analysis on the proposal to designate 2,170 acres of critical habitat in California for Webber’s ivesia in Plumas, Lassen, and Sierra Counties in northeastern California, and Washoe and Douglas Counties in northwestern Nevada. Learn more..

   
  December 19, 2013
 

Comment Period Extended for Bi‐State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage‐Grouse 

Sage Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service extends the public comment period until February 10, 2014, on the proposal to protect the Bi‐State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage‐grouse along the California‐Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Learn more

   
  October 25, 2013
 

Bi-State Distinct Population Segment of Greater Sage-Grouse Proposed for Protection under Endangered Species Act 

Sage Grouse

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today proposed to protect the Bi-State Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of greater sage-grouse along the California-Nevada border as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposal includes a special rule that would provide increased flexibility for land management practices that are intended to benefit the sage-grouse. Proposed rule Bi-State DPS Video Learn more

   
  October 22, 2013
 

Proposed Rule to List the Western Distinct Population Segment of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo as a Threatened Species 

Mt. Charleston Blue butterfllyThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposed to list the western distinct population segment of the yellow-billed cuckoo as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act and seeks Public Comments by December 2, 2013. Learn more

   
  September 18, 2013
 

Service Protects the Mount Charleston Blue Butterfly under the Endangered Species Act. Five similar butterfly species will not be listed 

Mt. Charleston Blue butterfllyThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that the Mount Charleston blue butterfly will be given federal protections under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Mount Charleston blue butterfly is in danger of becoming extinct in the foreseeable future. Learn more

   
  August 26, 2013
 

Statement Regarding Media Reports on Status of Desert Tortoise at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center in Nevada 

Recent media reports regarding the status of desert tortoises at the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center (DTCC) have implied that the FWS is currently euthanizing desert tortoises at the facility.  We want the public to know that the FWS is not euthanizing healthy tortoises.  Learn more

   
  August 1, 2013
 

Proposed Listing and Proposed Critical Habitat for Webber’s Ivesia. Not Warranted Determination for Soldier Meadow Cinquefoil

Webber’s ivesiaThe U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today, a proposal to protect Webber’s ivesia (Ivesia webberi) as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is proposing to designate 2,011 acres of critical habitat for Webber’s ivesia in Washoe and Douglas Counties in Nevada, and in Lassen, Plumas, and Sierra Counties in California. The Service also determined the threat of extinction no longer exists for the Soldier Meadow cinquefoil (Potentilla basaltica) and it will be removed from the list of candidate species. Learn more..

   
  April 25, 2013
 

Devils Hole Pupfish 2013 Spring Population Survey

Devil's Hole pupfishDevils Hole pupfish counts on April 6-7 of this year indicate the population has declined since the spring of 2012. Counts this spring estimate 35 observable pupfish. Spring population survey results are typically 40-60 percent lower than the preceding fall count, which last fall was an estimated 75 fish. Learn more..

   
  March 26, 2013
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Releases Report To Help Guide Greater sage-grouse Conservation Objectives

Sage Grouse The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is making available a final report that is designed to help guide the efforts of the States and other partners to conserve the greater sage-grouse with a landscape level strategy. The report, prepared by state and federal scientists and sage-grouse experts, identifies the conservation status of the greater sage-grouse, the nature of the threats facing the species, and objectives to ensure its long-term conservation. Read more...

Report To Help Guide Greater sage-grouse Conservation Objectives (2.5MB PDF)

   
  February 04, 2013
 

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes to List Wolverines as Threatened under the Endangered Species Act-- Proposed Rule would not affect recreation, timber harvest or other activities if species is listed as threatened

WolverineThe U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced today, in response to a court-ordered deadline, that it is seeking information from the scientific community and the public on a proposal to protect the North American wolverine as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Service is also seeking comment on two proposed special rules designed to facilitate management and recovery of the species should it receive protection. Read more...

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  January 29, 2013
 

Federal and State Wildlife Officials Urge Keeping Wild Tortoises Wild and Captive Tortoises Captive

Pet Desert TortoisePet Tortoise Pick-Up Service Ends  Desert tortoises have lived in the area that is now the Mojave Desert for millions of years. Today, they are rarely seen in the wild and in some places have disappeared entirely.  Even though desert tortoise populations have declined in the wilds of the harsh desert, captive pet tortoises have been able to thrive with regular food and water.  Their longevity and the uncontrolled breeding of captive tortoises has resulted in thousands of unwanted pets, many of which have been brought to the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center. Read more...

   
  January 2, 2013
 

 

Service Identifies Important Habitat for Recovery of Southwestern Willow Flycatcher

Southwestern Willow FlycatcherAs part of its ongoing efforts to conserve our nation’s most imperiled species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) has identified riparian lands that are important for the recovery of the southwestern willow flycatcher. This small songbird, which nests in vegetation along rivers and streams or other wetlands, is known to occur only in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas and Utah, and has been listed as endangered since 1995 under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Read more...

   
 

 
 
Last updated: September 4, 2014