Bend Field Office

Bend Field Office Mission. The focus of the Bend Field Office is to carry out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission in central Oregon.  The Mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service is to work with others, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.  We strive to accomplish this by working collaboratively with our partners to address fish and wildlife issues under the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and other federal authorities.

Jurisdiction. The Bend Field Office’s area of responsibility covers nine counties in central Oregon including Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Harney, and Lake Counties, and portions of Klamath and Malheur counties.

What We Do.
Photo slideshow of Greater Sage Grouse, Pygmy Rabbit, Borax Lake Chub, Northern Spotted Owl (USFWS).

Ecosystem Approach: Our focus is to restore and maintain functioning ecosystem processes and habitats that supports species conservation at a landscape level.

Species Recovery: We are working with local federal, state, tribal, county and private entities to recover and conserve listed and sensitive species, including Bull trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, Foskett speckled dace, Borax Lake chub, Hutton tui chub, Warner sucker, Northern spotted owl, Malheur wire lettuce, Mid-Columbia River Steelhead, and Chinook salmon.

Species Conservation: We work to conserve sensitive species and the ecosystems on which they depend to ensure viability of species and to minimize or avoid the need for future listings.

Partnerships: Through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in central Oregon, we accomplish habitat restoration by combining Fish and Wildlife financial and technical assistance with the voluntary participation of landowners.

Our Current Activities.

Endangered Species Act Consultation:  We conduct consultations for projects that may affect listed species.
Environmental Education:  We collaborate with our partners to participate in local outreach and education events in the community including: Eagle Watch; Fin, Fire, Feather and Fur; and Salmon Watch. 
Fish Passage:   We work with multiple partners on several significant fish passage efforts in the Deschutes River basin including the Pelton Round Butte Hydro Complex, Opal Springs Hydro Project, and various smaller irrigation diversions.   We work cooperatively to design, fund, and construct passage facilities while maintaining hydroelectric generation and irrigation diversion needs. Pelton Project, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Crooked River Watershed Council
Habitat Conservation Plan and Safe Harbor Agreement. We are working with seven irrigation districts, the City of Prineville and other partners on a collaborative multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan for the upper Deschutes River Basin.  We are also working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on a programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement in southeastern Oregon for Lahontan cutthroat trout.
Fire Learning Network:  We are participating in the Upper Deschutes Fire Learning Network, a collaborative effort led by The Nature Conservancy to accelerate the restoration of fire-adapted forests within 2.4 million acres of the Upper Deschutes Basin. 
Energy Projects:  We work on a variety of energy projects including wind-generated electrical energy.  With advances in wind turbine technologies and increased interest in renewable energy sources there has been a rapid expansion of the wind energy industry in Oregon.  We have been working collaboratively with representatives from the wind energy industry, counties, environmental organizations, consultants and state and federal resource agencies to develop voluntary siting and permitting guidelines to represent a successful balance between environmental protection and future development of renewable wind energy resources within Oregon. 

Species of Interest in Central Oregon.

Fish Wildlife Birds Plants

Bull Trout

Oregon Spotted Frog

Bald Eagle

Malheur Wire-Lettuce

Borax Lake Chub

Pygmy Rabbit

Northern Spotted Owl

Northern Wormwood

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout


Yellow-Billed Cuckoo


Warner Sucker

Columbia Spotted Frog

Mountain Quail


Foskett Speckled Dace

Bats (Central Oregon species)

Greater Sage Grouse


Great Basin Redband Trout


Burrowing Owl


Pacific Lamprey


Photo - Bull trout pair spawning (USFWS).
Photo - Oregon Spotted Frog with transmitter (USFWS).
Photo - Bald Eagle (USFWS).
Photo - Pygmy Rabbit (USFWS).
Photo - Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (USFWS).

How to Contact Us

Office Location
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Bend Field Office
63095 Deschutes Market Road
Bend, Oregon 97701

Office Phone and FAX
Phone: (541) 383-7146
FAX: (541) 383-7638

Office Staff
Nancy Gilbert, Field Supervisor
Jerry Cordova, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Peter Lickwar, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Jennifer O'Reilly, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Alan Mauer, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Dirk Renner, Fish and Wildlife Biologist
Angela Sitz, Fish and Wildlife Biologist

USFWS Field Office Jurisdictions in Oregon
Image - Map of Oregon. Click on map for larger image.

Items of Note

Oregon Spotted Frog
Photo - Oregon Spotted Frog (Courtesy of Alan St. John.) Click on photo to view larger image.

ESA Protection for Oregon Spotted Frog

Further Information on the ESA Listing Actions
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Old Mill District
Draft CCAA

Draft Environmental Screenings Form

Federal Register Notice


Critical Habitat Maps for the Upper Deschutes River Basin

Find your property on the following lists:

Instructions for using the lists below

Deschutes County List

Klamath County List

Wychus Creek Dam Removal
Photo - Wychus Creek restoration (Dirk Renner, USFWS). Click on image for larger view.

View time-lapse video


New Videos

Oxbow Conservation Area Tailings Restoration Phase 1
Large wood structures constructed on the Middle Fork John Day River.
[Click on logo to view video.]
Image - YouTube logo.  Video by Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Click on logo to view video.
Project completed 2011

Salmon and Steelhead Return to Bridge Creek
Miles of historic habitat are reopened.
[Click on logo to view video.]
Image - YouTube logo.  Video by Bonneville Power Administration.Click on logo to view video.
Project completed 2010

Lahontan Cutthroat Trout
Photo - Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Courtesy of Peter Rissler). Click on photo to view species profile.
Notice of Availability:
(June 2011)
Proposed Safe Harbor Agreement

Wildlife Viewing - Central and Eastern Oregon

Follow this link to connect to our Facebook group and post your birdfeeder and other wildlife sightings!!

Gray Wolf
Photo - Gray wolf (USFWS).
Dept. of Interior Announces Delisting of Northern Rocky Mountains Populations
News Release

USFWS Mountain-Prairie Region Website
Gray Wolf News and Recovery Status Reports

Wolves in Oregon
ODFW Oregon Wolf Conservation and Management Plan


Dry Forest Workshop Series

Photo - Northern spotted owl (Courtesy of USDA Forest Service).
2009 Workshop

Previous Workships

Hunting and Fishing Information
Photo - Fish (ODFW).
Oregon Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Oregon Hunter Education

Photo - Fire at Davis Lake (Joan Kittrell, USDA Forest Service).
National Interagency Fire Center

Northwest Fire Learning Network

USFWS Fire Management Website

Incident Information System

Global Warming
Photo - Thunderbolts (USFWS).
USFWS Climate Change Website

Intergovernmental Panel On Climate change

Living with Urban Wildlife
Information and Resources

Nearby Wildlife & Outdoor Recreation Areas
Information Page

Oregon Spotted Frog Relocation Project
Photo - Oregon Spotted Frog (USFWS).
Moving the spotted frogs began with the creation of ponds in Dilman Meadows.