Southwestern Virginia Field Office
Northeast Region

Dear Partners and Applicants

The health and safety of our partners and employees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. The guidance and directions below will be revised and updated as needed to respond to changing conditions.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Virginia Field Office remains open; however, all staff are teleworking until further notice in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 and provide social distancing. As a consequence, we have very limited office access, and may not receive hard copy mail (USPS, Fed Ex, UPS) in a timely manner. To help ensure that your questions are reviewed as quickly as circumstances allow, access our online office personnel directory by clicking here and sending an email to the appropriate staff member. Online project reviews should continue to be sent to:

We appreciate your patience as we all are coping with the COVID-19 situation. The staff of Virginia Field Office are working to assist you with your requests and inquiries.

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About the
Southwestern Virginia
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The Southwestern Virginia Field Office of Virginia Ecological Services is located in Abingdon, Virginia. The office is strategically located in the heart of the Upper Tennessee River Basin. Encompassing about 21,390 square miles, including the entire drainage of the Tennessee River and its tributaries upstream of Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, Tennessee, the Upper Tennessee River Basin is home to a diversity of fish and mussels that is unsurpassed in North America. The major tributaries of the Upper Tennessee River Basin include the Clinch (4,413 square miles), Holston (3,776 square miles), French Broad (5,124 square miles), Little Tennessee (2,627 square miles), and Hiwassee (2,700 square miles) rivers. The office cooperates with partners throughout the eastern U.S. to protect and recover aquatic threatened and endangered species and associated habitat within the Upper Tennessee River Basin.

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Last updated: September 29, 2020