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U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Name: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service
Acronym: USFWS
Website: http://www.fws.gov/
Geographic Scope: National
Biogeographical Realm: Nearctic
Country: United States
Description: The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is part of the federal government of the United States. It is a bureau within the Department of the Interior.

The objectives of the USFWS are:
  • 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.
Some of the functions of the USFWS are:
  • 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.
Status: Active
Related pages: Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grant, Webless Migratory Game Bird Program