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Species Recovery


Recovery is the ultimate goal of the endangered species program - to restore the species to the point where it is a secure, self-sustaining part of its ecosystem and to the point that protections under the Endangered Species Act are no longer needed. This involves protecting and often restoring the habitat in which the species can thrive. Recovery actions can take many forms and our program has many aspects to reflect the diverse nature of threatened and endangered species recovery. 

  • Recovery Plans

    USFWS Recovery Plan for Shortnose and Lost River Suckers

    The development of a recovery plan is one of the first steps for species recovery and is a tool to guide the recovery process and measure progress towards recovery. Recovery plans serve as road maps for species recovery laying out where we need to go and how best to get there.

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is required under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to prepare recovery plans for newly listed species, unless we determine that such a plan will not promote the conservation of the species.

    List of Recovery Plans for Oregon species

  • Partnerships

    Inmates from the Coffee Creek Correction Facility assisting with lupine planting.

    Working collaboratively with our partners is a very important aspect for species recovery. We implement actions under the recovery plans that are considered necessary to recover species and their habitats. 

    Visit here to see what we're doing to conserve rare species and habitats.


  • Recovery Permits

    Columbian white-tailed deer Photo Credit: USFWS/K. Meyer

    We issue recovery permits to allow people to do research that furthers our understanding of listed species for the purposes of assisting in recovery efforts and other conservation related actions.

    This deer was spotted at Ridgefield National Wildlife Refuge. That's not jewelry in his ears, they are tags that help biologists identify and keep track of this endangered species.

    For information on how to obtain a recovery permit and to get a copy of a permit application, visit our Permit page.

  • Status Reviews

    USFWS Recovery Plan for Shortnose and Lost River Suckers

    Under the Endangered Species Act, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts a status review of listed species at least once every 5 years. The review includes an evaulation of the following:

    1. Species biology
    2. Habitat conditions
    3. Conservation measures
    4. Threat status and trends
    5. Other new information, data, or corrections

    On the basis of these reviews, we recommend whether or not any species should be removed from the list (delisted), or reclassified from endangered to threatened (downlisted) or from threatened to endangered (uplisted). A recommendation to reclassify a species does not automatically result in a change in classification. Any change requires a separate formal rule-making process, including public review and comment.

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