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Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery - final EA, FONSI

The US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the final Environment Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for the proposed Klamath Falls National Fish Hatchery have been approved and signed. The new hatchery will be designed to produce up to 60,000 Lost River and shortnose suckers yearly for release into Upper Klamath Lake to support the wild populations from further decline. The final documents pave the way for the next steps, with no environmental impact statement required.

- Final EA

Public comment on the EA closed on September 28, 2020.

- News Bulletin

Fisher - final ESA listing decision May 2020

On May 14, 2020, the US Fish and Wildlife Service announced the listing of the Southern Sierra Nevada distinct population segment (DPS) of fisher as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). This final rule is based on the best available scientific and commercial information for the species. The Northern California-Southern Oregon DPS will not be listed, as it is more widespread within its range, and has more diversity in ages, male to female ratios and breeding success. These factors, along with current and proposed fisher habitat conservation efforts on public and private timberlands, enable this population to maintain balance and withstand setbacks.

Read more in the News Release below.

NEWS RELEASE - May 14, 2020 (170kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 15, 2020 (952kb-pdf)

For more information - link to LEAD OFFICE - Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office

Please see the the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Region 8 website for additional information - link to Region 8 CNO office

Mel Fechter/ fisher with vole

Canada Geese
Photo Credit - USFWS

Proposal to reintroduce California condor to northern portion of former range

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yurok Tribe and the National Park Service are proposing to reintroduce the California condor to the northern portion of its former range. We are proposing to designate the reintroduced population as a nonessential experimental population under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act.

The geographic boundaries of the NEP would include northern California, northwest Nevada and Oregon. The joint FWS-National Park Service environmental assessment, which analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed reintroduction and designation of a nonessential experimental population, is available for public review and comment through June 4, 2019 by clicking on either of the links below:

- Federal Register notice
- Region 8 website announcement

Oregon Spotted Frog

Service Designates Critical Habitat for Oregon Spotted Frog in Washington and Oregon

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has finalized critical habitat for the Oregon spotted frog (Rana pretiosa) within its known range in Washington and Oregon. Critical habitat is defined by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) as areas vital to the long-term survival of listed species, and today's designation reflects the latest science and information from several public comment periods.

Designation of critical habitat does not affect land ownership or establish a refuge or preserve, and has no impact on private landowners taking actions on their land that do not require federal funding or permits.

Critical Habitat
NEWS RELEASE - May 9, 2016 (40kb-pdf)
- May 11, 2016 (5704kb-pdf)

Final Listing
- August 28, 2014 (108kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - August 29, 2014 (784kb-pdf)

Species Profile - link to ECOS - Oregon spotted frog
For more information - link to lead office - Washington Fish and Wildlife Office
Oregon Spotted Frog - Frequently Asked Questions - August 29, 2013 (151kb-pdf)

Oregon spotted frog
Oregon spotted frog

OSF egg mass
Egg mass - USFWS

Modoc Sucker

Delisting - Removal from Threatened and Endangered List

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that, thanks to decades of collaborative conservation efforts under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), it is removing the Modoc sucker from the Act's protections. This marks the second-time that a fish has been 'delisted' due to recovery, the Oregon chub having been delisted earlier this year.

The Modoc sucker is a small fish native to the Upper Pit River Watershed in Southern Oregon and Northeastern California. The fish was listed as endangered in 1985 due to habitat loss and degradation from overgrazing, siltation and channelization due to agriculture practices. Predation from non-native fish and loss of genetic integrity due to hybridization with Sacramento suckers were also viewed as threats.

NEWS RELEASE - December 7, 2015 (34kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - December 8, 2015 (292kb-pdf)

Post Delisting Monitoring Plan - July 2015 (14529kb-pdf)
Species Report - October 2015 (1218kb-pdf)
Modoc Sucker Distribution - Map July 2013 (1118kb-pdf)
YouTube Video - Discussion

Modoc Sucker
Modoc Sucker

Modoc Sucker
Modoc Sucker Spawning
2003 - Photo-CDFW

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly

ESA Protections for Leona's Little Blue Butterfly Not Warranted

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the Leona's Little Blue Butterfly is not warranted for protection under the Endangered Species Act at this time. The butterfly occupies volcanic ash and pumice fields that form non-forested meadows in the vicinity of Sand and Scott Creeks in Klamath County, Oregon.

The Service evaluated the Leona's Little Blue Butterfly for various stressors including impacts from wildfire, climate change, timber management, fire suppression, invasive plants, encroachment of lodgepole pine and effects associated with small and isolated populations. After a thorough evaluation of the best information and data available, the Service concluded that these stressors do not rise to the level of a threat either individually or cumulatively.

NEWS RELEASE - June 22, 2015 (149kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 23, 2015 (250kb-pdf)

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly - Frequently Asked Questions - (FAQ) (217kb-pdf)
Species Report - May 2015 (1.16mb-pdf)
Map: Leona's Little Blue Overview (193kb-pdf)

Leona's Little Blue Butterfly
Photo Credit: Will Hatcher, Klamath Tribes

Bull Trout

Implementation Plans for Bull Trout Recovery

BOISE, Idaho - Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the draft Recovery Unit Implementation Plans that will be part of a final recovery plan outlining the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout.

The draft Implementation Plans were developed in collaboration with interested and knowledgeable federal, tribal, state, private, and other parties. Each of the six draft Implementation Plans identifies recovery unit-specific conservation actions needed to address threats such as loss of habitat connectivity and passage barriers, non-native fish competition and predation, and the sometimes adverse efficts of land-management practices such as road building, forest management and land conversion.

Bull trout are a cold-water salmonid of relatively pristine stream and lake habitats in western North America. Once abundant in Oregon, Washington, California, Nevada, Idaho and Montana, bull trout are listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act in the lower 48 states.

NEWS RELEASE - June 2, 2015 (39kb-pdf)
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE - June 4, 2015 (181kb-pdf)

Map: Bull Trout Recovery Units -
Draft Klamath Recovery Unit Implementation Plan -
Link to All Six - Draft Bull Trout Recovery Planning Documents
Question and Answers -
Link to main Bull Trout website

Bull Trout
Bull Trout Photo
Courtesy of Joel Sartore

PacifiCorp-Klamath Hydroelectric Project-Habitat Conservation Plan

Interim Operations Habitat Conservation Plan for Lost River and Shortnose Suckers

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has issued an incidental take permit (ITP) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to PacificCorp, in conjunction with the company's comprehensive plan to conserve the endangered Lost River and shortnose suckers in the Klamath Basin. PacifiCorp is an electric energy-producing company based in Portland, Oregon, that operates seven facilities as part of its Klamath Hydroelectric Project.

Under the terms of the ITP, PacifiCorp will implement avoidance, minimization, and mitigation measures described in its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP).

NEWS RELEASE - February 20, 2014 (31kb-pdf)
Habitat Conservation Plan - November 20, 2013 (2714kb-pdf)
Environmental Assessment - December 2013 (479kb-pdf)
Findings, Recommendations and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) - December 2013 (542kb-pdf)
Intra-Service Biological Opinion - December 13, 2013 (833kb-pdf)

Lost River and Shortnose Sucker

Revised Recovery Plan

The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) announced (April 16, 2013) the release of the final Revised Recovery Plan for the Lost River Sucker (Deltistes luxatus) and the Shortnose Sucker (Chasmistes brevirostris). This updated recovery plan replaces the 1993 recovery plan.

NEWS RELEASE - April 15, 2013
FINAL Revised Recovery Plan for the Lost River Sucker and Shortnose Sucker - April 15, 2013 (1662kb-pdf)
Lost River and Shortnose Sucker - Factsheet (384kb-pdf)

Designated Critical Habitat for the Lost River and Shortnose Sucker

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced that it has designated critical habitat for the endangered Lost River sucker and shortnose sucker. Critical habitat was first proposed for these species in 1994, but was never completed due to higher conservation priorities for the listed sucker.

NEWS RELEASE - December 10, 2012
FEDERAL REGISTER NOTICE December 11, 2012 (2226kb-pdf)
Economic Analysis (3454kb-pdf)
References Cited
Final Memo

Critical Habitat Maps
Unit 1-Lost River Sucker
Unit 1-Shortnose Sucker
Unit 2-Lost River Sucker
Unit 2-Shortnose Sucker

2013 Proposed Klamath Project Operations - Joint Biological Opinion
(National Marine Fisheries Service and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service)

2013 Final Klamath Project Biological Opinion (5/31/2013 7985kb-pdf)

LRS Spawn
Lost River Sucker
Spawning - 2008

Juvenile Sucker Xray
Juvenile Sucker Xray Color
Juvenile Sucker
Xrays - Photo-USFWS

Lost River Sucker
Lost River Sucker
Upper Klamath Lake
2010 - Photo-USFWS

Shortnose Sucker
Shortnose Sucker
Williamson River
2011 - Photo-USFWS


Last updated: December 4, 2020