What We Do

Across Arkansas, we carry out the Service’s mission by:

Conserving imperiled species

  • Gathering the best available scientific and commercial data for protected species to perform recovery actions.
  • Working with private, federal and state landowners to restore, improve and protect fish and wildlife habitat on their lands.
  • Proactively pursuing opportunities to conserve species at-risk of becoming listed as threatened or endangered.
  • Supporting the National Wildlife Refuges preserve healthy habitats for wildlife and opportunities for public recreation.

Helping federal agencies identify and address negative plant, fish, and wildlife impacts from projects they fund or authorize.

  • Consulting with state and federal partners on ways to balance the needs of wildlife with the needs of people.
  • Conducting project reviews and consultations on certain public and private development activities to ensure they do not jeopardize the existence of federally protected species.

Our Services

The Arkansas Ecological Services Field Offices provides a variety of options to help partners, landowners, state and local agencies, tribes, businesses, and private citizens protect important habitat, and increase species' populations, while reducing threats to their survival, so they can be removed from federal protection. Services offered include:

  • Safe Harbor Agreements for listed species in the Ouachita, Caddo, upper Little Red River and upper Saline
  • Technical assistance and cost-share for voluntary land management practices including, but not limited to, prescribed fire, cave gates, prairie restoration, monarch projects, streambank stabilization, livestock fencing, timber stand improvements, bottomland hardwood restoration and pine-savanna management
  • Section 7 Section 7
    Section 7 Consultation The Endangered Species Act (ESA) directs all Federal agencies to work to conserve endangered and threatened species and to use their authorities to further the purposes of the Act. Section 7 of the Act, called "Interagency Cooperation," is the mechanism by which Federal agencies ensure the actions they take, including those they fund or authorize, do not jeopardize the existence of any listed species.

    Learn more about Section 7
  • Habitat Conservation Plans

If you are in need of a service, please contact our office directly using the contact us tab to the left.

Our Projects and Research

Working with others is at the core of how we operate, and through those partnerships, we develop a number of conservation projects across Arkansas.

Laws and Regulations

Under several federal laws, Congress has directed the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to be stewards of our nation's plant, fish and wildlife resources - particularly animals like migratory birds and certain fishes that cross state and even international borders; federally designated threatened and endangered species; and the National Wildlife Refuge system. Congress has similarly directed the Fish and Wildlife Service to work with other federal agencies to minimize or eliminate negative impacts to these resources from projects they fund or authorize.