Landowners are signing up now!! Participants in the fisher CCAA will help implement specific conservation measures supporting the State's efforts to reestablish the fisher in western Washington. Click HERE for more information.
Sagebrush habitat can look pretty barren of life at first glance, but this unique ecosystem supports all kinds of life. Endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits are just one of the interesting animals that call sagebrush habitat home. Learn more
With 80% of Americans living in cities, how do we connect urban America with our wild places, such as national wildlife refuges? Learn more about the Urban Wildlife Refuge Partnership program. Watch the Video on YouTube
In 2015, the Qwuloot Estuary was reconnected to tidal waters for the first time in nearly 100 years- an important first step in restoring valuable estuarine habitat. Read more
For more than a decade, USFWS environmental contaminant specialists have worked with partners to better understand causes and potential solutions for pre-spawn mortality, a phenomenon causing behavioral abnormalities and death in adult coho salmon returning to urban streams. Read more
Bat with white-nose syndrome confirmed in Washington state
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. WNS has spread quickly among bats in other affected areas, killing more than six million beneficial insect-eating bats in North America since it was first documented nearly a decade ago.
Critical Habitat for Oregon Spotted Frog Designated in Washington and Oregon
Critical habitat is defined by the Endangered Species Act as areas vital to the long-term survival of listed species. Today’s designation reflects the latest science and information from several public comment periods.
The Hanford Site
The Hanford Site is 375,000 acres of sagebrush and grassland habitat along the Columbia River north of Richland. Home to a retired federal nuclear production facility, the site is being cleaned up and the reactors dismantled. Our Eastern Washington Field Office is working with federal, state, and tribal stakeholders to assess the environmental impacts caused by releases of hazardous substances related to the nuclear production activities. Their findings will determine the amount of restoration that will be done on Hanford as compensation to the public.
Hopeful Solutions to Threats from Stormwater
"If you build it they will come." This was the approach used to help promote salmon restoration in the Pacific Northwest. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worked with a variety of partners to remove fish barriers and find ways of addressing many other issues that get in the way of having healthy stream corridors.These efforts successfully restored physical habitat, allowing salmon to once again inhabit the streams in and around urban areas of Puget Sound.
Check out "Solving Stormwater", a short video summarizing the long-term study that yielded down-to-earth solutions to this significant problem for people, wildlife and the ecosystems on which all Puget Sound residents depend.
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