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.
COVID-19 Information

Dear Partners and Applicants

The health and safety of our partners and employees is our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation with COVID-19. The guidance and directions below will be revised and updated as needed to respond to changing conditions.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife (USFWS) Virginia Field Office remains open; however, most staff are teleworking. As a consequence, we may not receive hard copy mail (USPS, Fed Ex, UPS) in a timely manner. To help ensure that your questions are reviewed as quickly as circumstances allow, access our online office personnel directory at Contact Us and send an email to the appropriate staff member. Online project reviews should continue to be sent to: virginiafieldoffice@fws.gov.

We appreciate your patience. The staff of Virginia Field Office are working to assist you with your requests and inquiries.

About Us

The Virginia Ecological Services Office is located in Gloucester, Virginia. We have an office located in Abingdon, Virginia (Southwestern Virginia Ecological Services Office) and two biologists located remotely at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.

What We Do

USFWS biologist creates a living shoreline by placing bags of oyster shells on the edge of Newmarket Creek in Hampton, VA.

The Virginia Ecological Services Office works with partners to recover threatened and endangered species, investigates the effects and clean-up of contaminants and helps restore polluted habitats, ensures that fish and wildlife resources are considered by agencies during project planning and structure structure
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construction, and partners with private landowners to restore fish and wildlife habitats.

Our Organization

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...
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...
We use the best scientific information available to determine whether to add a species to (list) or remove from (delist) the federal lists of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants. We also determine whether already listed species should be reclassified from threatened to endangered (uplist...
We work with partners to conserve the ecosystems upon which endangered species and threatened species depend, developing and maintaining conservation programs for these species to improve their status to the point that Endangered Species Act protection is no longer necessary for survival. This...
We assess the conservation status of species, using the best scientific information available, and identify those that warrant listing as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act. A species that we find warrants a proposal to list as endangered or threatened, but listing is...
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 60,000 landowners restore more than 7...
We provide national leadership in the protection and restoration of fish, wildlife, and habitats that have been threatened or injured by oil discharges, releases of hazardous substances, or other emerging contaminants of concern.

Our Library

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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…

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consultation review process in Virginia, or anything else related to our office, you can find it right here in our library.

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