Pacific Region Highlights

Racing the Tide

"Some folks were skeptical if we could do it. From our standpoint, it was not a problem. It was going to happen, and that is what we did." -- Gary Rodriguez, Facilities Operations Specialist at Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Brent Lawrence / USFWS

Racing the Tide: FWS heavy equipment operators tackle challenging project

The tide was slowly draining out of Nestucca Bay, and it was still hours before the sun would peek above the horizon. The only light was from headlights of the machinery that was already rumbling along in the cool night air, moving dirt at an incredible pace. A crew of heavy equipment operators were racing the tide on the Upton Slough section of Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on the Oregon Coast.

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Rebecca Chuck

"With the utmost respect and gratitude, we are granting veterans and Gold Star Families free access to the iconic and treasured lands they fought to protect starting this Veteran's Day and every single day thereafter." - U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt USFWS

Service's Rebecca Chuck Named an Honorary U.S. Marine Corps Member

Rebecca Chuck, deputy project leader at Oregon Coast NWR Complex, has been named an "Honorary Marine." The title of “Honorary Marine” is one of the highest compliments the U.S. Marine Corps can give to a civilian, and has been bestowed on fewer than 100 people since its inception in 2003. Chuck was honored by Sgt. Edgar Fox for her work during the Battle of Midway Commemoration events.



Northern Spotted Owl

"The Trump Administration and the Service are committed to recovering all imperiled species, and the northern spotted owl is no exception. These commonsense revisions ensure we are continuing to recover the northern spotted owl while being a good neighbor to rural communities within the critical habitat." - FWS Director Aurelia Skipwith USFWS

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Revises Critical Habitat for Northern Spotted Owl

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has 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 regarding a legal challenge brought by labor representatives, the timber industry and several counties within the range of the northern spotted owl.  Approximately 3.4 million acres have been excluded from the 2012 critical habitat designation in Washington, Oregon and California.   

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