Our Services

Administration of the Endangered Species Act

The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office uses the best available science and sound managerial techniques to further the Service's mission to conserve, protect, and enhance fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

In doing this, our staff integrate wildlife conservation tools with social, political, and economic realities to ensure sound resource decisions while recognizing the importance of a partnership approach.

We recognize the importance of addressing the needs of stakeholders, since the vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is in private ownership. In addition, education and information dissemination are integral parts of all of our activities.

As the principal federal partner responsible for administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA), we take the lead in recovering and conserving our Nation's imperiled species by fostering partnerships, employing scientific excellence, and developing a workforce of conservation leaders. As we work in partnership with others, our two major goals are to: 1) Protect endangered and threatened species, and then pursue their recovery; and 2) Conserve candidate species and species-at-risk so that listing under the ESA is not necessary. 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife 

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program is the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's habitat restoration cost-sharing program for private landowners. Partners for Fish and Wildlife emphasizes the enhancement and restoration of ecological communities for the benefit of native fish and wildlife in conjunction with the management objectives of private landowners. 

Partners for Fish and Wildlife was established to provide technical and financial assistance to private (nonfederal and nonstate) landowners who wish to restore fish and wildlife habitat on their land.

The goals of the program are to:

  • Implement proactive, voluntary, on-the-ground habitat restoration projects that benefit federal trust species and their habitats on private and tribal lands.
  • Provide technical and financial assistance to landowners who are interested in providing suitable habitat for fish and wildlife on their property.
  • Provide leadership and promote partnerships using the Service's and other organizations' expertise.
  • Conduct public outreach to broaden understanding of fish and wildlife habitats while encouraging and demonstrating conservation efforts.

For more information about our local Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, contact our staff in Reno (Susan Abele – Nevada State Coordinator, Susan_Abele@fws.gov, 775-861-6346); Winnemucca (Cheryl Mandich, Cheryl_Mandich@fws.gov, 775-447-0818).