The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service manages millions of acres of lands encompassing every state and several territories and possessions. While the Service is recognized as a leader in conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats, many people are unaware of the agency's important role in protecting our nation's cultural legacy as well.
The Pacific Region alone manages over 150 refuges and fish hatcheries in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Nevada, California, and the Pacific Islands. Over 2800 archaeological sites have been recorded on these lands. The diversity of resources is breathtaking, including evidence of this hemisphere's earliest inhabitants, remnants of 19th century homesteads, areas sacred to Native American tribes, and facilities associated with the Civilian Conservation Corps and World War II, just to name a few.
We invite you to explore the highlights of the Service's cultural resources, and learn more about some of our ongoing projects.