The Pacific Region encompasses extraordinary ecological diversity with habitats ranging from tropical forests and coral reefs at Palmyra Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, to old-growth rainforests west of the Cascade mountain range of Oregon and Washington, to remote coastal and Pacific islands teeming with millions of seabirds, to glacial lakes and streams in Washington's Northern Cascades, to arid shrub-steppe habitat in southern Idaho.
These habitats support over 400 threatened and endangered species, many unique and endemic plant and animal communities, and a variety of land-use considerations.
The Region's landownership patterns are also diverse and range from the largest contiguous wilderness area in the lower 48 States -- the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness -- to the unique land tenure systems in the Pacific Island territories, to other important areas of biological diversity such as the Willamette Valley in Oregon with 96% private ownership.
Spanning five time zones and the International Date Line, the Region includes the States of Hawai’i, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington and Pacific island Territories and U.S. affiliated States. This includes the Territories of American Samoa, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; and the Freely Associated States of the Federated States of Micronesia, the Republic of the Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau under the Compacts of Free Association.
The region manages or co-manages nearly 270 million acres of land, water, coral reefs and ocean floor on 64 national wildlife refuges and five national monuments. 11 ecological services field offices, eight fisheries stations and a research lab, 15 national fish hatcheries plus 26 state and tribal hatcheries funded, managed and/or administered through the Lower Snake River Compensation Plan, and the world’s only wildlife forensics laboratory. The Pacific Region manages three South Pacific national marine monuments totaling 125 million acres of land and water and co-manages the 89-million acre Papahânaumokuâkea Marine National Monument in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the State of Hawai’i.
The people of the different landscapes throughout the Region perceive, value, and manage their natural resources in ways unique to their respective regions and cultures.
Our work is therefore accomplished by working with our partners― agricultural and natural resource dependent communities, rural and urban landowners, Native American tribal governments and indigenous island communities, watershed councils, coral reef advisory groups, universities, land trusts, state and federal agencies, and many others.
Through these partnerships we strive to serve as conservation problem-solvers, developing and implementing collaborative species and habitat conservation strategies.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service