Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

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. and eight Regional Offices. Fact sheets regarding the various grant programs funded through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Acts are available at:

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 Contact:

Marie Strassburger, Division Chief (916) 414-6727

Grant Programs Annual Funding in Pacific Southwest Region (Fiscal Year 2015)
(* denotes a competitive grant program; other programs are formula-funded)

Wildlife Restoration Act (P-R) - $41.1 Million
Sport Fish Restoration Act (Wallop-Breaux or D-J) - $22.3 Million
State Wildlife Grant (SWG) Program - $3.1 Million
* National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Program - $1.8 Million
* Clean Vessel Act - $170K
* White Nose Syndrome (WNS) $45K
*Tribal Wildlife Program $935K
*Tribal Landowner Incentive Program - Not Funded
*Section 6, Endangered Species Act $18.6 Million
(Traditional $2.0 Million, Non-Traditional $16.6 Million)

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National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Continues Restoration On Riverside Ranch Project

In December, 2012, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's (Service) National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program granted $1 million to the California State Coastal Conservancy (CSCC) to help fund the Riverside Ranch Restoration Project on the Salt River, Humboldt County, California.  The Salt River watershed is located about 200 miles north of San Francisco and discharges into the Eel River Estuary, the fourth largest estuary in California.  The watershed ecosystem and flood flow capacity had been severely impacted by European settlement activities in the mid-to-late 1800's that converted tidal marsh and woodland habitats to agricultural uses.  The historic channel of the Salt River became filled with sediment and vegetation, restricting flows and causing widespread flooding across the valley.

Aerial view of post-project Salt River tidal marsh and lower Salt River channel restoration area.
(Photo courtesy of Dave Kenworthy)

The Riverside Ranch Restoration Project is Phase 1 of the two-phased Salt River Ecosystem Restoration Project, which has the goal of restoring ecosystem functions and values throughout the 47-square mile Salt River watershed through a community-based collaborative effort.  Participants of the Riverside Ranch Restoration Project include the CSCC, Humboldt County Resource Conservation District (HCRCD), Ducks Unlimited, Salt River Watershed Council, and a dedicated group of watershed residents.  Project funding was also provided by the California State Water Quality Control Board and Western Rivers Conservancy.  The RRRP targeted restoration of the lower Salt River tidal prism and recovery of estuarine habitat and hydrologic functions, including restoration of over 300 acres of tidal marsh and about 2 miles of tidally-influenced Salt River channel.  The work took place at the mouth of the Salt River and the reach immediately upstream on Riverside Ranch near the City of Ferndale, and was completed in 2013. 

Biological sampling results from the summer and winter of 2014, conducted by the HCRCD and California Department of Fish and Wildlife, showed that Pacific lamprey, juvenile Coho salmon, long-fin smelt, surf smelt, and the endangered tidewater goby are now using the Riverside Ranch Restoration Project area.  This monitoring along with vegetation, water quality and physical channel measurements will continue for the next 5 years.  The project illustrates the successes possible when public agencies work in voluntary cooperation with landowners and other partners to get conservation on the ground.

Nevada Department of Wildlife Lake Mohave Habitat Enhancement Project

Introduction and Need: Lake Mohave is a large impoundment along the Colorado River bordering Nevada and Arizona. It is entirely within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.  The upper 20-miles is in a river/canyon setting and receives deep-water releases from Lake Mead's Hoover Dam. A coldwater fishery is developed here with stocked rainbow trout coming from Willow Beach National Fish Hatchery and Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW). A warmwater fishery exists in the main reservoir and consists of stocked rainbow trout, large- and smallmouth bass, striped bass, bluegill, green sunfish, channel catfish, and yellow bullhead. Threadfin shad and carp are present as well as native razorback sucker (federally endangered) and flannelmouth sucker (state species of concern).

Habitat structures constructed at Lake Mohave, Nevada, to provide important juvenile protective cover habitat. (Photo: USFWS)

The Lake Mohave sport fishery is of regional importance, averaging over 111,000 angler use days for angers purchasing a Nevada Fishing license. There is a need to enhance protective habitat for juvenile fished during times when the water level is low and exposing terrestrial vegetation.

Project Description: Since 2006, NDOW has worked with the National Park Service, and Arizona Game and Fish to enhance habitat for greater sport fish production. Funds come mainly from the Sport Fish Restoration Program, National Park Service, Nevada Conservation Fee, and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Bass Pro Shops donated the Habitat Badge and there are multiple volunteers from local fishing organizations helping throughout the project.

Habitat structures were constructed on-site using a variety of natural and artificial materials. Surveys have shown that all sport fish species, adults and juveniles, in Lake Mohave concentrated around all types of constructed habitat structures. Only when natural aquatic vegetation was present nearby did some species (mostly panfishes and juvenile black bass) abandon constructed structures. Based on surveys, project sites having constructed habitat versus control areas (normal reservoir habitat showing no vegetation and low complexity), littoral species such as adult and juvenile black bass, panfish-sized sunfishes, channel catfish, and carp generally were 2 to 5 times more abundant on constructed habitat. This project will continue increasing the density of habitat structures in the selected coves and monitoring fish use.

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