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  • A Plan for the Deschutes

    The Deschutes Basin final environmental impact statement and Habitat Conservation Plan published November 6, 2020. This plan will provide predictability to water users, durable conservation to aquatic species and long-term ESA coverage to irrigators. This effort has been a major collaboration among a large group of diverse stakeholders. We anticipate making final permit decisions no later than December 31, 2020. More Info

  • Gray Wolf Recovery

    The Trump Administration and its many conservation partners are announcing the successful recovery of the gray wolf and its delisting from the ESA. State and tribal wildlife management agency professionals will resume responsibility for sustainable management and protection of delisted gray wolves in states with gray wolf populations, while the Service monitors the species for five years to ensure the continued success of the species. More

  • Whitebark Pine Proposed as Threatened

    New proposed conservation protections for the whitebark pine, an emblem of the American West, would aim to bolster new and ongoing conservation actions for the species’ pine recovery so these unique trees, and the many plants and animals they support, continue to endure for future generations. A public comment period on the proposed rule is open through Feb 1. 

  • Yellow-Billed Cuckoo Remains Listed

    After extensive research, we found the yellow-billed cuckoo still meets the criteria to receive protection as a threatened species. Thanks to the many partners who helped with data collection!  A link to the Federal Register notice can be found HERE.

  • Borax Lake Chub Delisted!

    The Service is removed the chub from the ESA list thanks to the successful conservation efforts of federal, state and local partners like ODFW, BLM and TNC.  The final rule published in the Federal Register on June here.  Take a virtual tour of Borax Lake in our beautiful StoryMap.

The News Room

Service Revises Critical Habitat for Northern Spotted Owl

The Service designated 6,105,278 acres of critical habitat, plus an additional 2 million habitat acres within wilderness areas and national parks for the northern spotted owl.  This final rule complies with a settlement agreement.  Approximately 3.4 million acres were excluded from the 2012 designation in Washington, Oregon and California. Final RuleShapefiles for the revision.

Species Recovery Activity

  • Safe Harbor Agreement Proposed for Streaked Horned Lark

    We received an enhancement of survival permit application that includes a draft safe harbor agreement (SHA) developed for the conservation of the streaked horned lark. A public comment period is open until Decemeber 21, 2020.  Please click on links to the following documents: Federal Register Notice, Draft SHA, and NEPA document.


  • Oregon Zoo Partnership

    For many years we've worked with the zoo to conserve locally imperiled species such as Oregon silverspot butterfly, western pond turtle, Taylor's checkerspot butterfly, California condors, and more! We have a full-time interpretive specialist who has worked hand-in-hand with zoo staff in the development of activities, displays and programs designed to communicate our shared conservation messages --- a first for our agency.  

    USFWS will be sharing some of the wildlife conservation education kits normally given at the Zoo through this webpage.

    The first one is online - Make Your Home a Home for Wildlife

    Stay Tuned for more!

  • USFWS publications

  • Species Recovery Plans Scientific Reports USFWS Newsletters USFWS Scientific Journals
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