Yreka Fish and Wildlife Office
Pacific Southwest Region

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


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


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


*Guided Nature Walks Schedule*

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

Waterfowl, Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12:00-2:00 PM