Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

Anaho Island NWR. credit: Alexandra Pitts

Tule elk at San Luis NWR. credit: Lee Eastman

California Condor. credit: Michael Woodbridge

Sandhill crane at Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge. credit: Justine Belson

Bay checkerspot butterfly. credit: Steve Martarano

Greater white-fronted geese at Sacramento River National Wildlife Refuge. credit: Justine Belson

Southern sea otter. credit: USFWS Photo

Waterfowl at Sacramento NWR credit: Scott Flaherty

Palos Verde blue butterfly. credit: Jane Hendron

Elegant terns dance among brine flies at San Diego Bay NWR. credit: Matt Sadowski

Egrets gather with other migrating birds at Sacramento NWR. credit: Justine Belson

Peterson Reservoir at sunset on Ash Meadows NWR. credit: Cyndi Souza

A Desert Tortoise in southern Nevada. credit: USGS

Burrowing Owl near Las Vegas, Nev. credit: USFWS

An egret in a marsh at Sacramento River NWR. credit: Justine Belson

Pacific Southwest Region

Region 8 was established in 1998 in recognition of the unique natural resource challenges facing California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin. Many of these challenges evolve from the inherently rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with many of the fastest growing communities in the nation. The Pacific-Southwest Region places decision-making at the local level, where managers can best develop partnerships with external groups and organizations that contribute to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plant resources.

We will continue to be a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. Region 8 is headquartered in Sacramento, California.


  • Credit: Matthew Teal, USFWS

    Study Finds That Fire Helps Endangered Santa Cruz Cypress Seedlings

    It turns out that fire has been good for the endangered Santa Cruz cypress. In June 2008, the Martin Fire swept through the Bonny Doon Ecological Reserve in the Santa Cruz Mountains, destroying some stands of the long-lived Santa Cruz cypress. Biologists weren't sure how many new seedlings would sprout from the ashes. They were pleasantly surprised. Learn more...

    Credit: Courtesy Photo to USFWS

    Potential Salvation of a Species Found in One Small Bag of Seeds

    Mark Elvin, a wildlife biologist and botanist who works in the Ventura Fish and Wildlife Office, held out a small plastic bag and smiled. It contained more than 100,000 marsh sandwort seeds. The bag might represent the recovery of the federally endangered marsh sandwort (Arenaria paludicola), a native plant of wetland habitats along the Pacific Coast, which is known from one remaining wild population. Read more...

    Credit: Courtesy Photo to USFWS

    Hike Along California Coast Yields Discoveries for Students From Salinas

    On a hike with about 60 students from Salinas, Calif., to observe wildlife at Point Lobos State Reserve in Monterey County, Ventura Fish and Wildlife Biologist Colleen Mehlberg had a memorable conversation with one of the students. Read more...
    Credit: John Marsh, USFWS

    Visitors Travel Back in Time During "Let's Explore! Time Travelers" Event at Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge

    More than 75 people traveled back in time December 11 at the Ash Meadows National Wildlife Refuge Longstreet Boardwalk -- the site of Jack Longstreet's restored cabin -- to experience life in the early 1900s. The goal was for visitors to come away with a deeper appreciation for these natural resources today. See more. Watch the demo video on YouTube.
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