What CSE Candidates Need to Know About the US Fish and Wildlife Service

Regulatory Agency Series: Part 4

What CSE Candidates Need to Know About the US Fish and Wildlife Service

United States Fish and Wildlife Service is a federal agency that may affect how your develop a site depending on which plants and animals call your project home. Several regulatory agencies are covered on the California Supplemental Exam (CSE) for landscape architects. This article will help you prepare to answer questions about the USFWS on the exam.

A male mission blue butterfly rests upon a silver bush lupine (Lupinus albifrons). As of 14 December 2009, the 'mission blue butterfly' (Icaricia icarioides missionensis) is listed as Endangered under the U.S. Endangered Species Act. Photo credit: Patrick Kobernus

USFWS protects endangered species like this Mission Blue butterfly.

The mission of the federal Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is to work with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats.

According the the USFWS website:

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

The Fish and Wildlife Service is primarily responsible for enforcing federal endangered species laws. If endangered or protected species are present on your project site, you will need to get a permit from USFWS prior to development.

California is covered by Division 8 of the Fish and Wildlife Service. From their website, the Pacific Southwest Region consists of:

Region 8, the Pacific Southwest Region, was established in 1998 in recognition of the unique natural resource challenges facing California, Nevada and the Klamath Basin. Many of these challenges evolve from the inherently rich biodiversity of this area, coupled with many of the fastest growing communities in the nation. The Pacific-Southwest Region places decision-making at the local level, where managers can best develop partnerships with external groups and organizations that contribute to the conservation of fish, wildlife and plant resources.

The USFWS authority also overlaps state agencies. Refer to the California Department of Fish and Game for additional state regulations. We will examine the California Department of Fish and Game in a future article.

For More Information on Regulatory Agencies:

  1. Part 1: Introduction to Regulatory Agencies on the California Supplemental Exam
  2. Part 2: US Army Corps of Engineers
  3. Part 3: Federal Emergency Management Agency
  4. Part 4: United States Fish and Wildlife Service

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John is a landscape architect who is currently preparing to take the California Supplemental Exam to become licensed in California. He is currently a licensed professional landscape architect in Georgia and Florida. John graduated from California State University, Pomona with a BSLA degree in landscape architecture in 1997 and has extensive practice experience in residential and commercial landscape design.

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