The United States Fish and Wildlife Service is an agency of the federal government within the U.S. Department of the Interior which is dedicated to the management of fish, wildlife, and natural habitats.
Their mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Assist in the development and application of an environmental stewardship ethic for our society, based on ecological principles, scientific knowledge of fish and wildlife, and a sense of moral responsibility.
Guide the conservation, development, and management of the Nation's fish and wildlife resources.
Administer a national program to provide the public opportunities to understand, appreciate, and wisely use fish and wildlife resources.
Here are a few of the ways they try to meet their mission:
Enforce federal wildlife laws,
Protect endangered species,
Manage migratory birds,
Restore nationally significant fisheries,
Conserve and restore wildlife habitat such as wetlands,
Help foreign governments with their international conservation efforts, and
Distribute hundreds of millions of dollars, through our Wildlife Sport Fish and Restoration program, in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.
They manage the 150 million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System of more than 560 National Wildlife Refuges and thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. Under the Fisheries program they also operate 70 National Fish Hatcheries, 65 fishery resource offices and 86 ecological services field stations.
The vast majority of fish and wildlife habitat is on non-Federal lands. Voluntary habitat protection and restoration programs like the Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program and the Coastal Program and other partnership programs are the primary ways we deliver habitat conservation on public and private lands.
The Service employs approximately 9,000 people at facilities across the U.S. The Service is a decentralized organization with a headquarters office in Washington, D.C., with regional and field offices across the country. Their organizational chart shows structure and also provides information on senior management.