a brown and white-spotted owl lands on a mossy tree branch with its wings outstretched.
Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement for the Northern Spotted Owl, Mendocino County, California

On June 10, 2022, FWS published a notice of availability in the Federal Register, opening a 30-day public comment period for a draft Blencowe Programmatic Safe Harbor Agreement (SHA) and application for an enhancement of survival permit (EOS) under the Endangered Species Act, in Mendocino County, California. Covered FWS species include northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina). The EOS would authorize take of the northern spotted owl that is likely to occur incidental to managing the timber on properties under periodic (approximately 10-year harvest intervals) uneven-aged forestry management practices of single-tree and group selection. The proposed duration of the SHA and the associated EOS is 40 years. At the start of the permit term, the following three properties are proposed to be included in the SHA: Bradford Ranch, Miller Tree Farm and Weger Ranch. A general SHA document describes the intent of forest management on the Blencowe-managed properties. In addition, a Cooperative Agreement is written for each property, which tiers to the general SHA document & specifically describes the proposed timber management strategies, habitat baseline conditions and status of northern spotted owl of each property. These documents are available for review on this website. We will consider written comments received by 5 p.m. PT on July 11, 2022

You may submit written comments by any one of the following methods.  

  • U.S. Mail or Hand-Delivery: Tanya Sommer, Field Supervisor, at our Arcata office (address above); 
  • Electronic mailfw8_afwo_comments@fws.gov; in email subject line, please indicate specific detail for the SHA on which you are commenting; 
  • Fax: 707–822–8411.


The Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office is a field office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Our work in northern California includes scientific assessments, habitat restoration, and conservation of listed species.
A pacific marten crosses the snow in the forest
U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposal of critical habitat for the coastal DPS of Pacific marten (Martes caurina)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to designate critical habitat in northwestern California and coastal Oregon for the coastal distinct population segment of the Pacific marten, also known as the coastal marten.  Learn more here.

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

We carry out the Service’s mission through four programs: Ecological Services, Fisheries and Aquatic Conservation, Habitat Restoration, and Science Applications. Our work spans the beautiful towering redwoods of northwestern California, the foggy shores of the Pacific, and includes majestic watersheds such as the Klamath River.

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The Ecological Services Program works to restore and protect healthy populations of fish, wildlife, and plants and the environments upon which they depend. Using the best available science, we work with federal, state, Tribal, local, and non-profit stakeholders, as well as private land owners, to...
The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.

Our Species

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The Arcata Fish and Wildlife Office collects and maintains information on listed species that live in Del Norte, western Siskiyou, Humboldt, Trinity, and coastal Mendocino Counties, including legal status, survey and distributional data, life history requirements, recovery needs, population status, threats, and conservation needs.

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