The Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office (FWCO) located in Lander, Wyoming, has provided fishery assistance to the Tribes since 1941. In 1972, at the request of the Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes while being supported through congressional action, the office was enlarged to provide both fish and wildlife conservation assistance.
Today, the Lander Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office provides fish and wildlife conservation assistance to the Wind River Reservation and National Wildlife Refuges in Wyoming. The 2.2 million acre Wind River Reservation contains some of the most pristine mountainous areas in the lower 48 states with over 250 lakes and reservoirs and over 1,100 miles of rivers and streams most of which provide some of the highest quality trout fisheries.
Wildlife resources are equally as diverse with six big game species (elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn antelope, bighorn sheep and moose) and two trophy species (mountain lion and bear) which are managed to the extent possible. Also managed are waterfowl, upland game birds and furbearers. The Lander FWCO provides population and management recommendations to the Tribes annually for their fish and wildlife codes.
Activities include Wind River water rights negotiations, habitat protection, wild and stocked fish population management, recommendations for fish and wildlife regulations, big game transplants, fish stocking, stream, wetland and riparian habitat restoration and providing youth and adult education opportunities to Tribal members.
Partnerships Make it Happen
The Lander Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office operates closely with Shoshone and Arapaho Tribes, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, Bureau of Indian Affairs, Colorado and Wyoming Fish and Wildlife Coop Units, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Reclamation and Environmental Protection Agency. Service programs we cooperate with include Private Lands, Ecological Services and Refuge Programs to assist in the management of wildlife resources within the state of Wyoming. In addition, many local civic groups and volunteer citizens are actively involved with the resource operations, education, and outreach.
The many dedicated partners and volunteers keep the Lander Fish & Wildlife Conservation Office operating, to bring recreational angling opportunities and healthy aquatic ecosystems to you, your family, and future generations.