About Us

We work with partners including federal, state, private landowners, tribes and non-governmental organizations to implement conservation actions and promote healthy habitat to support and recover at-risk species and species listed under the Endangered Species Act. Learn more about endangered species conservation: Ecological Services.

Across our office area, our work with private landowners helps conserve or recover listed species, and other wildlife species, through habitat restoration projects and technical and financial assistance on private land. Learn more about our work with private landowners: Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program.

The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office is part of the Pacific Southwest Region, which has federal fish and wildlife management responsibilities in California, Nevada, and the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon.. The Service's Pacific Southwest Regional Office is located in Sacramento, California. 

Looking for the a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service location outside of the Pacific Southwest Region? You can find all local field offices and refuges here.

Our Mission

The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office protects and conserves endangered fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats in the Great Basin, the Eastern Sierra Nevada and the Tahoe Basin for the continuing benefit of the American people.

Our History

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the premier government agency dedicated to the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats. We are the only agency in the federal government whose primary responsibility is the conservation and management of these important natural resources for the American public.

The Service's origins date back to 1871 when Congress established the U.S. Fish Commission to study the decrease in the nation’s food fishes and recommend ways to reverse that decline. (More on our history below.) Today, we are a diverse organization, employing about 8,000 dedicated professionals working across the country, including a headquarters office in Falls Church, Virginia, and eight regional offices representing the 12 Unified Interior Regions.