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  • Service Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Wind Facility

    May 3, 2018 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is seeking public comment as part of the development of an Environmental Impact Statement for a proposed wind energy project in Lewis and Thurston counties. The Service will hold two open house meetings where members of the public will have an opportunity to learn more and to submit written comments and information. 

    News Release and meeting information

    Federal Register Notice

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    Island Marble Butterfly Proposed for Listing

    April 11, 2018 - The enigmatic island marble butterfly, considered extinct for 90 years, is proposed for listing as endangered under the Endangered Species Act.  With fewer than 200 individuals estimated to be left in the wild, this is one of the rarest butterflies in the world. A public comment period on the proposed rule is open through June 11, 2018.

    Learn more about the island marble butterfly

    News Release

    Federal Register notice

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    Settlement reached to help restore Port Gardner and Snohomish River Habitat

    The U.S. Department of Justice announced a $4 million natural resource damage settlement to help restore habitat impacted by industrial pollution in Port Gardner Bay and the Snohomish River in Washington State.  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA, the Washington State Department of Ecology, the Suquamish Tribe, and the Tulalip Tribes are all co-trustees in the ongoing damage assessment case.

    Read more

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    Draft Stock Assessment Report for Washington Northern Sea Otters

    The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is publishing a Federal Register notice of availability on the draft revised stock assessment report for the northern sea otter stock in Washington.  This notice opens a 90-day public comment period to request input on this draft revision.  Photo: Steve Jeffries/WDFW

    See the Federal Register Notice.

    See the draft report.

    Learn more about northern sea otters in Washington.

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    Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Permit for Development of a Single Family Residence in Thurston County

    The draft McLain Habitat Conservation Plan for the threatened Olympia subspecies of the Mazama pocket gopher (Thomomys mazamapugetensis) and the Environmental Action Statement for the draft McLain Habitat Conservation Plan is now published in the Federal Register and available for public view.

    Federal Register Notice
    Draft Habitat Conservation Plan 
    Environmental Action Statement for McLain HCP 

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    Bat with white-nose syndrome confirmed in Washington state

    March 31, 2016 - White-nose syndrome (WNS) has been confirmed in a little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) found near North Bend – the first recorded occurrence of this devastating bat disease in western North America. The presence of this disease was verified by the U.S. Geological Survey’s National Wildlife Health Center. 

    Read the news release


    Service Confirms New Wolf Pack in North-Central Washington

    November 24, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) have confirmed a new wolf pack near the towns of Twisp and Omak in Washington State. The new pack will be designated as the Loup Loup Pack, reflecting a prominent place name within the pack’s range in the Methow Valley.

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    Service Seeks Public Comments on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Permit for Development in Thurston County, Washington (Meier Group, LLC)

    October 27, 2015- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) describing the potential effects of issuing a proposed Incidental Take Permit for construction and development activities in Thurston County, Washington.

    Read the news release
    Federal Register notice
    Environmental Assessment
    Draft Habitat Conservation Plan


    Service Seeks Public Comments on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan and Permit for Development in Thurston County, Washington (Kaufman Real Estate, LLC, Kaufman Holdings, Inc., and Liberty Leasing and Construction, Inc.)

    October 21, 2015 - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is seeking public review and comment on a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) describing the potential effects of issuing a proposed Incidental Take Permit for construction and development activities in Thurston County, Washington.

    Read the news release
    Federal Register notice (date correction)
    Environmental Assessment
    Draft Habitat Conservation Plan


    17 Candidate Species Found to No Longer Warrant Listing Due to Conservation Successes

    October 7, 2015 - The USFWS completed status reviews for 17 species that were candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act and found that all are now doing well and no longer warrant listing. These species will be removed from the ESA Candidate List. These findings represent collaborative efforts across the U.S. to conserve and restore once-imperiled species and their habitats and eliminate the need for ESA protection.

    Read the news release


    USFWS Proposes to Downlist the Columbian White-Tailed Deer from Endangered to Threatened

    October 6, 2015 - In a move signaling the success of ongoing conservation efforts in the Pacific Northwest and the benefits the Endangered Species Act affords our most at risk wildlife, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed to downlist the Columbian white-tailed deer from endangered to threatened. Public comments are accepted through December 7, 2015.

    Read the news release

    Frequently Asked Questions


    USFWS Completes Final Bull Trout Recovery Plan

    September 28, 2015 - Efforts to conserve a key cold-water fish species got a boost today when the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released the final Bull Trout Recovery Plan, which outlines the conservation actions needed to recover bull trout.

    Read the news release

    View Recovery Plan documents

    Frequently Asked Questions


    Historic Conservation Campaign Protects Greater Sage-Grouse

    September 22, 2015 - An unprecedented, landscape-scale conservation effort across the western United States has significantly reduced threats to the greater sage-grouse across 90 percent of the species’ breeding habitat and enabled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conclude that the charismatic rangeland bird does not warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. This collaborative, science-based greater sage-grouse strategy is the largest land conservation effort in U.S. history.

    Read the news release.

    DOI Secretary Sally Jewel announces decision (View the video)

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