Endangered Species Overview
The Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 provides a critical safety net for America's at-risk native fish, wildlife and plants. Our office was established to implement that safety net in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta and San Francisco Bay of California.
The purpose of the ESA is to conserve "the ecosystems upon which endangered and threatened species depend" and to conserve and recover listed species. Under the law, species may be listed as either "endangered" or "threatened". All species of plants and animals, except pest insects, are eligible for listing.
- Endangered means a species is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range.
- Threatened means a species is likely to become endangered within the foreseeable future.
Recovery is the ultimate goal of the ESA. Together with stakeholders we implement research, species protection and habitat restoration to keep at-risk species off the ESA list when possible and create a road map for recovery for those currently on the list.
Contact the Endangered Species Branch of our office at 916-930-5603 if you have a project that might affect one of our species
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintains the Information, Planning, and Conservation System (IPaC) as an online conservation tool to help people explore the landscape and minimize project-related conflicts with natural resources.
With IPaC, you can generate species lists and view wetlands, GAP land cover, USFWS critical habitat, and other nature resource map layers.
For anadromous (ocean-going) fishes such as salmonids and sturgeons, contact a National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Fisheries Service Office.