Spring Storm in the Great Basin Red Cliffs Desert Tortoise Reserve After a Spring Storm in the Great Basin Hunting Upland Birds at Kingsbury Lake Waterfowl Production Area Sandhill Migration on the Platte River Badlands Sunrise The Green River at Ouray NWR North Park Lupines Moab Sunset
Utah Ecological Services
Mountain-Prairie Region
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About Us


  • Credit: Larry Crist / USFWS

    Credit: Larry Crist / USFWS

  • Desert Tortoise. Credit: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton.

    Credit: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton / Used with permission.

  • Ferret in burrow. Credit: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton.

    Credit: Laura Romin and Larry Dalton / Used with permission.

  • Credit: Rick Fridell / Used with permission

    Credit: Rick Fridell / Used with permission

  • Credit: Bekee Hotze.

    Credit: Bekee Hotze / USFWS.

Our Vision: Achieving sustainable native species and ecosystems through leadership, partnerships, and innovation.

The Utah Ecological Services Field Office provides biological advice to other federal and state agencies, industry, and members of the public concerning the conservation of fish and wildlife and their habitat that may be affected by development activities. Staff assess the potential effects of projects to migratory birds, endangered species, and other fish and wildlife. In Utah these projects typically include activities such as agriculture, mining, utility lines, dredge and fill activities, dam and reservoir operations, oil and gas leasing, and highway construction. Staff also assess the effects of contaminants on fish and wildlife. We make recommendations regarding ways to avoid, minimize, or compensate for harmful impacts on fish and wildlife resources and their habitats. The primary areas of responsibility for the Utah Ecological Services Field Office include, contaminant assessments, endangered species, Federal project reviews, and wetlands conservation.


July 17, 2020: Attention Visitors

Check current conditions for harmful algal blooms before visiting your favorite lake or reservoir. Harmful algal blooms (HABs) develop when naturally occurring cyanobacteria in the water multiply very quickly to form green or blue-green water, scum, or mats. These blooms can produce potent cyanotoxins that pose serious health risks to humans, pets, and livestock. Please visit http://habs.utah.gov to learn more and check out a water monitoring map.

How To Stay Safe

An image of a harmful algal bloom, which appears as a dark green sludge along a shoreline

Harmful algal bloom. Image courtesy of Utah Department of Environmental Quality.
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April 2, 2020: Attention Partners, Agencies, and Consultants

Due to the spread of COVID-19, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Utah Field Office is currently working remotely and we are no longer present in our office building. Our mail is being held and therefore any information or projects sent through the U.S. Postal Service or other mail delivery services will not be viewed in a timely manner.

Nevertheless, we will be continuing to provide technical assistance, project support, consultations, and any other needed services as efficiently as possible.

Below is a summary of our planned operations:

  • For all project submissions, please send the information to this email: utahfieldoffice_esa@fws.gov
  • For direct communications to our office and staff, email is the optimal method. Email addresses for individual staff are located at: https://www.fws.gov/utahfieldoffice/staff.php
  • If you prefer to call, please leave a message in the general office voicemail (801-975-3330) or in individual staff voicemails. Voicemails will be checked daily.
  • You may also contact the following staff directly:
    • Yvette Converse, Field Office Supervisor, (406) 600-5142
    • Laura Romin, Deputy Field Office Supervisor, (385) 285-7924
  • For any planned in-person meetings (for the time being), they will either be a conference call (or another remote method) or they will be cancelled.
  • We are not performing any field work or on-site visits at this time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience as we navigate this transition and continue to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with Others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American People.
Last modified: September 15, 2020
All Images Credit to and Courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Unless Specified Otherwise.
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