The New England Field Office serves as the Ecological Services office for most of the New England area. Our staff works primarily in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont, although we also collaborate with staff and partners in neighboring states on some projects.
A diverse array of habitat types can be found in the New England area. Elevational differences range from coastal beaches along the Atlantic coast that provide habitat for shorebirds to the alpine zone of the White Mountains that hosts species adapted to that unique environment. Aquatic habitats range from small bogs to mighty rivers and lakes and everything in between. Hardwood forests give way to boreal forests as you move north or higher in elevation. This area also experiences extreme seasonal changes and four distinct seasons. All of this habitat diversity means that New England is home to a wide variety of plants, fish, and wildlife, some of which are at the extreme northern or southern edges of their species range.
We are stewards of these natural resources and serve the public by:
- Working with partners to recover threatened and endangered species and conserve at-risk species
- Investigating the effects and clean-up of contaminants and help restore polluted habitats
- Helping other federal agencies identify and address impacts to the most imperiled species and their habitats from projects they plan, fund, or authorize
- Partnering with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats
- Evaluating the impacts of hydroelectric power projects to fish and wildlife resources and provide recommendations to minimize those impacts
Our mission is to work with others throughout the New England states to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.