Maine Field Office - Ecological Services
Northeast Region
Map of the state of Maine, pictures of Scarborough Marsh (Credit: USFWS), Piping plover (Credit: USFWS), Canada lynx (Credit: USFWS), and sketch of New England and Eastern cottontail rabbits by Mark McCollough, USFWS.

All images credit USFWS; sketch of New England and Eastern cottontail rabbits credit Mark McCollough, USFWS

Welcome to the Maine Field Office Website

Welcome to the Maine Field Office Website.  Our goal here is to provide you with information about what your U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maine Ecological Services Office is doing for you and for the fish and wildlife in our area of responsibility, the State of Maine.

Our mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Maine hosts exceptional biodiversity due to a number of factors, including diverse geographic and geologic features located in a transition zone between boreal and temperate habitats and species assemblages. At 33,315 square miles, the state is nearly as large as the rest of the New England states combined.  Maine is over 90% forested (17.7 million acres) and is the most extensively forested state in the United States.  Over 94% of the state's forest lands (16.7 million acres) are privately-owned.  The largest tracts of undeveloped forestland in the eastern United States are found in the western, northern, and eastern areas of the state.  Maine also contains some of the most significant grassland, barrens, and agricultural lands in the Northeast. The state covers a wide range of latitude (320 miles north to south), with natural communities and plants characteristic of southern Appalachia found in the south transitioning to boreal communities in the north and subarctic communities at the highest elevations.

News and Updates

Agencies release final recovery plan for endangered Atlantic salmon

February 12, 2019 - A new plan will guide recovery of the Gulf of Maine distinct population segment of Atlantic salmon. The final recovery plan outlines specific approaches to reduce threats to the species, identifies specific timetables for action, and estimates costs to achieve recovery goals. Federal agencies released a draft plan in 2016 for public comment and review. The 2019 plan includes all remaining wild populations of Atlantic salmon that occur from the Androscoggin River in Southwestern Maine to the Dennys River in Eastern Maine.

Final Atlantic salmon recovery plan

Wildlife agencies announce request for lynx permit

Credit: USFWS
spotted darter

The Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife has applied to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a permit to authorize incidental take of federally protected Canada lynx resulting from the state-regulated trapping program. The Service invites the public to comment on MDIFW's draft incidental take plan, a requirement for the permit. The Service also invites comment on its draft environment assessment for MDIFW's application.

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Atlantic Salmon Recovery Meeting

The first Atlantic Salmon Recovery Meeting will be held January 11-12, 2012, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bangor. For more information click on the PDF.

Atlantic Salmon Recovery Plan nearing completion

As with any big multi-party endeavor, the Atlantic salmon recovery plan has taken some months to complete. We have worked among our agency and with the NOAA-NMFS staff here in Maine and at their Northeast Regional Office to develop a plan that provides background and context for the actions we believe are essential to be taken to recovery the Atlantic salmon in the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment.


Last updated: February 11, 2019
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