Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region
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The U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service mission is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office (Yreka FWO) is one of four U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service offices that works to protect and restore healthy populations of fish and wildlife and their habitats in the Klamath River Basin. These offices are the Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office, the Klamath Falls Fish and Wildlife Office and the Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

In addition, Yreka FWO works closely with a variety of partners at the national, tribal, state and local levels.  

 Activity Highlights

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Yreka Fish and Wildlife Winter-Spring 2019 Newsletter, Volume 1-19

Yreka Fish and Wildlife Summer/Fall Newsletter, Volume 1-18


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Public Comment Sought on Draft Habitat Conservation Plan for Northern Spotted Owl and California Spotted Owl

Please click here to access the news release and associated documents.

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Notice of Availability for Butte Creek Ranch Safe Harbor Agreement for the Northern Spotted Owl and Gray Wolf, Siskiyou County, California; Categorical Exclusion (Click on above title for a copy of the Federal Register Notice.)

The draft Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) and the draft Environmental Action Statement (EAS) are linked below:

Butte Creek Ranch Safe Harbor Agreement

FWS Environmental Action Statement Screen Form for Safe Harbor Agreement

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Yurok Tribe and the National Park Service are proposing to reintroduce the California condor to the northern portion of its former range. We are proposing to designate the reintroduced population as a nonessential experimental population under section 10(j) of the Endangered Species Act.

The geographic boundaries of the NEP would include northern California, northwest Nevada and Oregon.

The joint FWS-National Park Service environmental assessment, which analyzes the potential environmental impacts associated with the proposed reintroduction and designation of a nonessential experimental population, is available for public review and comment through June 4, 2019 by clicking on either of the links below:

Link to the Federal Register notice:

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Establishment of a Nonessential Experimental Population of the California Condor in the Pacific Northwest

Region 8 website post: Federal-Tribal Partnership Sets Roadmap for Bringing California Condor Back to the Pacific Northwest

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Guidance on Incidental Take Permit: When to seek one if a non-federal project occurs where ESA listed species occupy or may potentially occupy habitat that is being modified. Updated May 2018.

A section 10 (a)(l)(B) incidental take permit is only needed in situations where a non-federal project is likely to result in "take" of a listed species of fish or wildlife. Habitat modification, in and of itself, does not necessarily constitute take.

(The ESA defines "take" as: to harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect or to attempt to engage in any such conduct.)

Chapter 3 of the Fish and Wildlife Service's Habitat Conservation Plan Handbook (Handbook) sets out the pre-application process and plainly states that if take is not anticipated then an incidental take permit is not needed. Further, it explains that an incidental take permit is only needed if a non-federal party's activity is "in an area where ESA-listed species are known to occur and where habitat modification activity or activities are reasonably certain to result in incidental take.”

Guidance on When to Seek an Incidental Take Permit


PROJECT UPDATE:
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Federal Register Notice: January 31, 2019
Proposed Rule: Public comment opens through March 4, 2019 for threatened species status for the West Coast Distinct Population Segment of Fisher


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is reopening the comment period on our October 7, 2014, proposed rule to list the West Coast distinct population segment (DPS) of fisher (Pekania pennanti) as a threatened species. The comment period is for 30 days and deadline to submit is March 4, 2019. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted as they are already incorporated into the public record and will be fully considered in the final rule. Click here for more information and options for submitting comments. Read the news release here.



The Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office is currently participating in the development of a Habitat Conservation Plan covering spotted owls on private forests owned by Sierra Pacific Industries. Additional information is available via the following sources:

Federal Register Notice 82 FR 40015, 08/23/2017: Proposed Habitat Conservation Plan for Sierra Pacific Industries Forest Practices in the Klamath, Cascade, and Sierra Nevada Mountains, CA; Environmental Impact Statement.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife News Release, dated August 22, 2017: Public Comment Sought Ahead of Draft Environmental Impact Statement on Timber Company's Spotted Owl Take Permit Application

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Questions and Answers: Northern spotted owl and California spotted owl Draft Environmental Impact Statement Notice of Intent

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*Guided Nature Walks Schedule*

2019 FWS Guided Nature Walks Schedule
(Dates, times, and locations are subject to change)

Beavers, Wednesday, July 17, 2019 from 10:00 AM-12:00 PM

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