The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office protects and conserves endangered fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats in Nevada's Great Basin, the Eastern Sierra Nevadas, and the Tahoe Basin for the continuing benefit of the American people.

About Us

Our office

We work with partners including federal, state, private landowners, tribes and non-governmental organizations to implement conservation actions and promote healthy habitat to support and recover at-risk species and species listed under the Endangered Species Act.

Across our office area, our work with private landowners helps conserve or recover listed species, and other wildlife species, through habitat restoration projects and technical and financial assistance on private land.

What We Do

The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office is responsible for supporting the recovery of 25 endangered and threatened species found in northern Nevada, near Lake Tahoe and in the Eastern Sierra Nevada. Our goal is to help federally threatened and endangered plants and wildlife recover to healthy population levels and to prevent new species from needing the protections of the the Endangered Species Act through proactive conservation. Working with our partners, we focus much of our work in sagebrush sagebrush
The western United States’ sagebrush country encompasses over 175 million acres of public and private lands. The sagebrush landscape provides many benefits to our rural economies and communities, and it serves as crucial habitat for a diversity of wildlife, including the iconic greater sage-grouse and over 350 other species.

Learn more about sagebrush
country including Nevada's precious riparian riparian
Definition of riparian habitat or riparian areas.

Learn more about riparian
and spring systems, where the majority of sensitive wildlife and plant species are found. 

Please enjoy our 2021 Year in Review to learn more about our recent conservation success stories, which would not be possible without our partners.  

Our Organization

The Migratory Bird Program works with partners to protect, restore and conserve bird populations and their habitats for the benefit of future generations by: ensuring long-term ecological sustainability of all migratory bird populations, increasing socioeconomic benefits derived from birds,...
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...

Our Species

The Reno Fish and Wildlife Office works toward the recovery and conservation of more than 20 federally protected species in northern Nevada and the Eastern Sierra. Through our partnerships with Tribes, federal and state agencies, and NGOs we enact conservation efforts and gather important information about each of these species to best inform management actions. 

Our office takes the lead on these efforts within the Service for the following species:

The Paiute cutthroat trout is a distinctive member of the cutthroat trout complex, distinguishable from other cutthroat trouts by body coloration and the absence, or near absence, of body spots. Snyder (1933, 1934) described these fish as a new species, (Salmo seleniris), based on: 1) absence of...

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The Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep is similar in appearance to other desert associated bighorn sheep. The species' coat shows a great deal of color variation, ranging from almost white to fairly dark brown. The belly, rump patch, back of legs, muzzle, and eye patch are all white. Males and females...
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Ivesia webberi is a member of the Rosaceae (rose family). It is a low, spreading, perennial forb up to 9.8 inches (in) (25 centimeters (cm)) across with greenish-gray foliage and dark red, wiry stems (Figure 1). The 1.2–2.8 in (3–7 cm) long leaves are mostly clustered around the base of the...

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Our Library

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