Carlsbad Fish & Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

Threatened and Endangered Species

Recovery - Permits

Recovery permits are issued to scientists in order to study and/or conduct specific research activities with federally listed threatened and endangered species. The information obtained from these permitted activities provides us with a better understanding on how best to conserve, manage, and recover federally protected species.

Recovery Permit Application Form

The Fish and Wildlife Service recovery permit application form 3-200-55 is available on the web or through our Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator. We recommend you take a moment to read the instructions prior to filling out this form. Please be sure you are using a current copy of the Recovery Permit application form 3-200-55. The expiration date in the upper right hand corner should say 1/31/2017.

Please address and send the application to Daniel Marquez. Daniel is the Pacific Southwest Region (Region 8) Regional Recovery Permit Coordinator, and is to whom all Recovery Permit applications (renew, amend or new permits), processing fees, and supporting documentation are submitted.

While the application and National website indicate that the application should be mailed to the Sacramento (Regional) Office, Daniel presently has a permanent workstation here at the Carlsbad office.  Therefore, we request that applications are mailed to Daniel's attention at the Carlsbad office:

Daniel Marquez
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
2177 Salk Avenue, Suite 250
Carlsbad, California 92008

Phone:  (760) 431-9440 Ext. 225

Daniel or his assistant Robert Krijgsman will initially review the application request for completeness, and then send it out to the appropriate Fish and Wildlife Offices (FWOs) with jurisdictional responsibilities for the species and activities requested. 

For permit renewals, please make sure a complete hard copy application with processing fees (a check) and supporting documentation is RECEIVED by Daniel (not signed or postmarked) MORE THAN 30 DAYS PRIOR to expiration date of the permit so that--according to the regulations--you can continue your activities while your permit application is processed.  Otherwise, you must cease activities at expiration.  Also, please make sure you are current in all reporting to each field office where you are authorized to conduct activities.  If applicable, please schedule exams with Stacey Love (contact information below).

Practical Exams and Surveying Information

Some species research requires an individual to pass a practical exam in order to obtain a new permit or renew an existing permit. 

To help establish the presence or absence of certain federally listed species found within the CFWO area of responsibility, the following standardized survey protocols are recommended and may be found on our Survey and Monitoring Information web page.

Other species within the Service's Pacific Southwest Region having survey protocols and guidelines can be found here.

Minimum Qualifications

Region 8 minimum qualifications:

Attention All Branchiopod Permit Holders in California and Oregon:

New minimum qualifications for becoming permitted to conduct branchiopod activities became effective November 17, 2016. All recovery permit applications received after that date must meet the criteria specified in the new guidelines for becoming permitted to conduct listed branchiopod activities under Section 10(a)(1)A) of the Endangered Species Act. Please keep and save a copy for future reference. 

You can download the new qualifications requirements here - Branchiopod Minimum Qualifications

If you have any questions regarding these new guidelines, please contact the recovery permit coordinator of the applicable field office that is subject to your inquiry at:

Sacramento Field Office:  Sarah Markegard, 916-414-6492
Carlsbad Field Office:  Stacey Love, 760-431-9440
Ventura Field Office:  Chris Kofron, 805-644-1766 x 303
Arcata Field Office:  Susie Tharratt, 707-825-5117
Bay Delta Field Office:  Katherine Sun,  916-930-5641
Klamath Falls Field Office:  Nolan Banish,  541-885-2508
Oregon Field Office:  Dan Perritt, 503-231-6179

If you have questions that we can assist you with at the Regional level feel free to contact Robert Krijgsman at 760-431-9440 ext. 357, or myself (contact information below), for activities conducted in Region 8, and Colleen Henson at 503-231-6283 for activities conducted in Region 1.


For additional information and assistance on recovery permits, contact:

Stacey Love, Carlsbad Recovery Permits Coordinator

Email:   Phone: 760-431-9440 Ext. 263

To learn more about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s permit program, please go to the following websites:


Pacific pocket mouse Photo: Mark Pavelka/USFWS
Mark Pavelka, USFWS



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