Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

This dock located in Stockton, Calif., was partially paid for by a Boating Infrastructure Grant (BIG) in 2008. Similar grants are awarded by the U.S. Fish and WIldlife Service each year. (USFWS)

Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

The Pacific Southwest Region, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR), administers grants to other entities, primarily State fish and wildlife agencies to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The WSFR Program is located in the Pacific Southwest Regional office in Sacramento, California, and administers ten primary grant programs which total approximately $91 million in grants annually within California, Nevada and Klamath Basin area.

Grant programs administered by WSFR, and the requirements which accompany each, are highly diverse. The WSFR staff works with the potential grant recipients to ensure that they understand the requirements of the individual Acts and that these are met in the process of proposing, selecting and funding projects.The WSFR also maintains fiscal tracking systems to ensure funds are disbursed appropriately and expenditures are tracked. Performance reports, as well as audit reports, are reviewed to match accomplishments and costs with approved work, or to reconcile audit discrepancies. The WSFR is also responsible for ensuring compliance with a host of other Federal Acts, regulations, and requirements (regarding, for example, National Environmental Policy Act, endangered species, archeological and historical, non-discrimination, exotic organisms, floodplains and wetlands, etc.).

At the national level, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works with states, insular areas and the District of Columbia to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide. The Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program provides oversight and/or administrative support for the following grant programs:

~ Wildlife Restoration Grant Program
~ Sport Fish Restoration Grant Program
~ Clean Vessel Act Grant Program
~ Boating Infrastructure Grant Program
~ National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program
~ State Wildlife Grant Program
~ Landowner Incentive Grant Program
~ Multistate Grant Program
~ Tribal Wildlife Grant Program
~ Tribal Landowner Incentive Grant Program

The grant programs are administered through the Headquarters Office - Washington, D.C., eight Regional Offices. Preview or download the presentation (1,749KB powerpoint) and handouts of the grant programs funded through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Acts.

Mission: Working through partnerships to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Vision: Healthy, diverse, and accessible fish and wildlife populations that offer recreation, economic activity,and other societal benefits, in addition to sustainable ecological functions. Guiding principle: Society benefits from conservation-based management of fish and wildlife and their habitats and opportunities to use and enjoy them.


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Pacific Southwest Region
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program
2800 Cottage Way, W-1729
Sacramento,CA 95825

Pacific Southwest Region WSFR Staff:

Sue Detwiler, Division Chief (916) 414-6509
Tracey Vriens, Grants Fiscal Officer (916) 414-6525 - Lead for audits, grants and budget.
Susan Boring, Grants Specialist (916) 414-6507 - Lead for Sport Fish Restoration Grants.
Justin Cutler, Grants Specialist (916) 414-6457 - Lead for Wildlife, Hunter/Aquatic Education Grants.
Becky Miller, Grants Specialist (916) 978-6185 - Lead for Non-Traditional Section 6 and Coastal Wetlands Grants.
Jill Wright, Grants Specialist (916) 978-6182 - Lead for State Wildlife Grants, Landowner Incentive Grants.
Bart Prose, Grants Specialist (916) 414-6558 - Lead for Clean Vessel Act Grants, Boating Infrastructure Grants and Boating Access Grants.

Grant Programs Annual Funding in Pacific Southwest Region (Fiscal Year 2008)
(* denotes a competitive grant program; other programs are formula-funded)

Wildlife Restoration Act (P-R) - $24.3 Million
Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux or D-J) - $25.1 Million
State Wildlife Grant Program - $5.1 Million
* Landowner Incentive Program - Not Funded
* National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program - $3.7 Million
* Clean Vessel Act - $2.2 Million
* Boating Infrastructure Program - $3.1 Million
*Tribal Wildlife Program $2 Million
*Tribal Landowner Incentive Program - Not Funded
*Section 6, Endangered Species Act $25.4 Million
--Traditional $2.3 Million
-- * Non-Traditional $23.1 Million

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Riverside Ranch Restoration Project

The California Coastal Conservancy was awarded $1 million to help restore the natural ecosystem functions of the Salt River Delta in the Eel River estuary. The total project cost is $2,001,150. The Eel River estuary is the second largest estuary in California and lies just south of Humboldt Bay. The 446-acre Riverside Ranch sits at the confluence of the Salt and Eel Rivers was acquired with a 2007 National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant. The Salt River watershed has been degraded by a century of diking and other landscape modifications. This project will restore and enhance a total of 334 acres of estuarine tidal marsh, riparian forest, and other estuarine habitats, and 112 acres of associated uplands for numerous Federal and State listed and other wetland-dependent fish and wildlife species.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is soliciting comments from the public, Federal, State and local agencies and officials, Indian Tribes, and other interested parties on our draft Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) for issuance of the grant to the project. The Service prepared the FONSI, under the National Environmental Policy Act, based on an Environmental Assessment completed earlier by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for issuance of environmental permits to the Project. Grant funds would be issued by the Service under the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program for the Riverside Ranch restoration site. Written comments are invited and must be received at the address below on or before November 30, 2012. Mail comments to Mr. Bart Prose, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 2800 Cottage Way, Room W-1729, Sacramento, CA 95825; or by e-mail to; or by fax to (916) 978-6155. Copies of the draft FONSI can be downloaded from the Service's Web site at Paper copies can be requested from the Service at the Cottage Way address. For further information contact Mr. Bart Prose at (916) 978-6152 or at the e-mail address above.

NEPA Documents:

Draft FONSI (129 Kb, PDF)

Environmental Assessment (Final)(Corps of Engineers) (238 Kb, PDF)
Enclosure 1 - Public Notice (458 Kb, PDF)
Enclosure 2 - Salt River Alternatives Analysis (628 Kb, PDF)
Enclosure 3 - USFWS Biological Opinion (7.5 MB, PDF)
Enclosure 4 - Water Quality Certification (1 MB, PDF)
Enclsorue 5 - NOAA Biological Opinion (1.3 MB, PDF)

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