Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Our Mission

The Mission of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service: working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service helps protect a healthy environment for people, fish and wildlife, and helps Americans conserve and enjoy the outdoors and our living treasures. The Service's major responsibilities are for migratory birds, endangered species, certain marine mammals, and freshwater and anadromous fish.

About This Office

Originally established in 1987 as the Ventura Endangered Species Recovery Office for the California condor and southern sea otter, the office became a fully functioning Fish & Wildlife Office in 1993. The Ventura Fish and Wildlife (VFWO) has all or parts of 11 counties in its area of responsibility including: San Benito County; the coastal counties from Santa Cruz County south to western Los Angeles County; the desert portions of Los Angeles, Kern, and San Bernardino counties; Inyo County; and Mono County south of Conway Summit. The VFWO is part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service's Pacific Southwest Region.

Where We're Located
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The VFWO is located in the City of San Buenaventura, more commonly known as Ventura, is on the Pacific coast approximately 25 miles southeast of Santa Barbara and 55 miles northwest of Los Angeles. Ventura is far enough from Los Angeles to escape the influence of Los Angeles's large population and associated problems (i.e., traffic, air pollution, crime. etc.) but close enough to take advantage of its incredible social, cultural, and sporting events. Climate is ideal with temperatures rarely exceeding 90 degrees in summer or falling below 40 degrees in winter. Rainfall is in the fall and winter months and averages 15 to 20 inches.

The main industry in the county is agriculture with year round production of lemons and oranges, avocados, flowers for the florist trade, strawberries, artichokes, and a variety of other crops (lettuce, squash, cauliflower, tomatoes, corn, broccoli, onions, radishes, etc.). With a mild climate, outdoor recreational opportunities are available all year. City parks are numerous with several state beaches nearby. Malibu and Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area, managed by the National Park Service, are less than a 30 minute drive. Channel Islands National Park headquarters is in Ventura with the islands visible from shore and less than 2 hours away by boat. Los Padres National Forest is 30 minutes to the north and comprises the northern half of Ventura and Santa Barbara counties and the northeastern part of San Luis Obispo County and southern part of Monterey County. The forest contains the largest wilderness area in the state and is the only location where you can see California condors in the wild in California. The Sierra Nevada and Mojave Desert are less than 3 hours away. Public schools offer magnet and gate programs and private schools are numerous. The University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB), California State University at Northridge, and California State University at Channel Islands are nearby. UC Santa Barbara and Cal State Northridge have extension campuses in Ventura. California State University Channel Islands is located in the City of Camarillo about 20 minutes away from the office. The University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) is about 1 1/2 hours away.

Because Ventura is a desirable place to live, the cost of real estate is high. However, the cost of utilities are low. There is no need for air conditioning in coastal communities and little need for heat. Inland communities such as Ojai, Santa Paula, and Fillmore can get warm in the summer (upper 90s for a few weeks) and cooler in the winter (30s for a few weeks).

Interesting Facts About Ventura County
  • Population (2009 estimate): 802,983
  • Housing units (as of 2009): 274,062
  • Median household income: $76,190
  • High school graduates, percent of persons age 25+: 80.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+: 26.9%
    U.S. Census Bureau

If you have questions about Ventura or the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, please call the office at (805) 644-1766.

Our address is:

2493 Portola Road, Suite B
Ventura, CA 93003

Main Number: 805-644-1766
Fax Number: 805-644-3958

Last updated: May 14, 2013