Office of Law Enforcement | Abingdon, VA
This office is co-located with the Service’s Abingdon Ecological Services (ES) Field Office. Abingdon is located in southwestern Virginia, in a rural county that lies between the Cumberland and Blue Ridge Mountains. Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and West Virginia abut this corner of Virginia
Southwestern Virginia harbors more species of threatened or endangered plants and animals, than any other place in Virginia. Currently, 34 species of plants and animals including 18 species of mussels and 5 species of fish, which are listed under the Endangered Species Act, are found in SW Virginia. During the past, Service special agents have worked with local, state, and federal partners and conservation groups on projects and cases that have contributed to the recovery of these species.
Southwest Virginia is divided by the Appalachian Mountains. These ridges form natural diversion-lines that create updrafts that attract large numbers of migrating hawks each fall and spring. The birds are subjected to trapping, poisoning and shooting during their migration.
Due to the factors noted above, this office works a variety of cases with a concentration on Lacey Act, Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act violations.
NOTE: This office is currently vacant. Please contact the Richmond, VA USFWS-OLE for information or assistance at 804/771-2883 ext. 23.
You can also contact the Resident Agent in Charge located in Richmond, Virginia which oversees this office.