Field Office Mission.
The focus of the Bend Field Office is to carry out the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission in central Oregon. The Mission of the Fish and Wildlife Service is to work with others, to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We strive to accomplish this by working collaboratively with our partners to address fish and wildlife issues under the Endangered Species Act, Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act, and other federal authorities.
The Bend Field Office’s area of responsibility covers nine counties in central Oregon including Deschutes, Crook, Jefferson, Wheeler, Wasco, Sherman, Gilliam, Harney, and Lake Counties, and portions of Klamath and Malheur counties.
What We Do.
Approach: Our focus is to restore and maintain functioning ecosystem processes and habitats that supports species conservation at a landscape level.
Recovery: We are working with local federal, state, tribal, county and private entities to recover and conserve listed and sensitive species, including Bull trout, Lahontan cutthroat trout, Foskett speckled dace, Borax Lake chub, Hutton tui chub, Warner sucker, Northern spotted owl, Malheur wire lettuce, Mid-Columbia River Steelhead, and Chinook salmon.
Conservation: We work to conserve sensitive species and the ecosystems on which they depend to ensure viability of species and to minimize or avoid the need for future listings.
● Partnerships: Through the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in central Oregon, we accomplish habitat restoration by combining Fish and Wildlife financial and technical assistance with the voluntary participation of landowners.
Our Current Activities.
● Endangered Species Act Consultation:We conduct consultations for projects that may affect listed species.
● Environmental Education: We collaborate with our partners to participate in local outreach and education events in the community including: Eagle Watch; Fin, Fire, Feather and Fur; and Salmon Watch.
● Fish Passage: We work with multiple partners on several significant fish passage efforts in the Deschutes River basin including the Pelton Round Butte Hydro Complex, Opal Springs Hydro Project, and various smaller irrigation diversions. We work cooperatively to design, fund, and construct passage facilities while maintaining hydroelectric generation and irrigation diversion needs. Pelton Project, Upper Deschutes Watershed Council, Crooked River Watershed Council
● Habitat Conservation Plan and Safe Harbor Agreement. We are working with seven irrigation districts, the City of Prineville and other partners on a collaborative multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan for the upper Deschutes River Basin. We are also working with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife on a programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement in southeastern Oregon for Lahontan cutthroat trout.
● Fire Learning Network: We are participating in the Upper Deschutes Fire Learning Network, a collaborative effort led by The Nature Conservancy to accelerate the restoration of fire-adapted forests within 2.4 million acres of the Upper Deschutes Basin.
● Energy Projects: We work on a variety of energy projects including wind-generated electrical energy. With advances in wind turbine technologies and increased interest in renewable energy sources there has been a rapid expansion of the wind energy industry in Oregon. We have been working collaboratively with representatives from the wind energy industry, counties, environmental organizations, consultants and state and federal resource agencies to develop voluntary siting and permitting guidelines to represent a successful balance between environmental protection and future development of renewable wind energy resources within Oregon.