Through a series of laws created over the last century, Americans have declared that we need to collectively protect landscapes, fish, wildlife, and plants. Several agencies in the federal government put our country's conservation laws into action, and the Ecological Services Program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helps lead the way.

About Us

Our Ecological Services Field Office is comprised of talented staff working to conserve, protect, enhance, and restore the fish, wildlife, and plant resources within New York State. Our staff are highly trained and experts at working with at risk and endangered species, providing technical assistance related to conservation planning and renewable energy, environmental contaminants and natural resource damage remediation, as well as conducting cutting edge aquatic research, environmental restoration, and community outreach and education. 

New York is an incredibly environmentally diverse state: the dynamic Atlantic and Great Lakes coastlines, the mountains of the Adirondack and Catskill regions, the rolling hills, valleys, and lakes of the Finger Lakes region, the lake plains of the western region, forest and rivers of the Allegheny highlands, and the great rivers. With such a unique variety of habitat comes great biodiversity and the need to protect it. For such a large undertaking, our staff work closely with individual landowners as well as local, state, Tribal, and other federal organizations to achieve mutually agreeable conservation outcomes. 

What We Do

We administer the Endangered Species Act, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with our partners in federal and state agencies, tribes, local governments, the business community, and private citizens to help protect important habitat, and help increase species' populations and reduce the threats to their survival so that they can be removed from federal protection.

We provide guidance and expertise to avoid and minimize impacts to wildlife for projects such as wind farms and large scale transportation developments meeting our society's growing energy and transportation needs. Our environmental contaminant specialists review project plans, licenses, and even proposed laws and regulations, to avoid or minimize harmful effects on wildlife and habitats. In cases of significant releases of hazardous waste, they work in the field to pinpoint sources of pollution and investigate effects, using this data to secure compensation for lost or damaged wildlife and habitat.

When we protect species and habitats, we conserve the natural resources on which we all depend. We ensure that wetlands persist to protect us from storms and filter our water. We conserve for future generations a continued source of land. Wild things and wild places are part of our shared history. They are part of the natural foundation of the lands we call home.

Our Organization

The New York Field Office is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Ecological Services Program. We implement reviews of Federal construction projects, endangered species planning and recovery efforts, environmental contaminants research and remediation, habitat restoration, fisheries enhancement and research, conservation planning assistance, through a variety of conservation partnerships and administration of grants. Below are the national program pages for programs conducted by our office - for New York specific information on these programs (and others), please visit the "More About What We Do" section, above. 

A rocky shoreline of a river. The water is calm. Mist and green branches line the river.
The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
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We provide national leadership in the recovery and conservation of our nation's imperiled plant and animal species, working with experts in the scientific community to identify species on the verge of extinction and to build the road to recovery to bring them back. We work with a range of public...
Partners for Fish and Wildlife: Nevada Coordinator Susan Abele Meets with Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Member to Conduct a Site Visit at Pyramid Lake Indian Reservation
The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides free technical and financial assistance to landowners, managers, tribes, corporations, schools and nonprofits interested in improving wildlife habitat on their land. Since 1987, we have helped more than 30,000 landowners to complete more than 50,...
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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works collaboratively with other federal agencies, industries, and other stakeholders to achieve infrastructure development goals in ways that are sustainable and compatible with the conservation of fish, wildlife, and their habitats.

Our Species

Federally threatened and endangered species within New York State receive focused research, protection, and consideration from our biologists. 

Our Library

Explore documents pertaining to past and on-going research and projects within our office, as well as helpful resources that may be of use to individuals or local landowners. 

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Since 1995, the New York Field Office has participated in over 20 separate settlement negotiations amounting to over $62 million for past costs and restoration of ecological, cultural, and recreational resources within the state of New York. In addition to implementing restoration, resulting from...

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