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The President's FY 2008 budget request of $1.287 billion in discretionary appropriations for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service supports a range of important conservation initiatives, including efforts to improve our nation's native fisheries and assist landowners who volunteer to manage their property for the benefit of imperiled wildlife. The budget includes an additional $859.4 million available under permanent appropriations, most of which will be provided directly to states for fish and wildlife and restoration and conservation.
"The Service conserves our nation's fish, wildlife and plants on behalf of the American people, using the best science and working cooperatively with government, organizations and individuals at all levels," said Fish and Wildlife Service Director H. Dale Hall. "The agency is committed to achieving long-range conservation goals that will ensure a future for the wild resources we all value so much. Working with conservation partners from a broad range of interests helps us better accomplish our mission."
The 2008 budget for the FWS operating account, Resource Management, is $1.0 billion, $40 million above 2007. The 2008 budget includes full funding for fixed costs, including $28.3 million, the majority of which funds pay and other anticipated costs in the Resource Management account.
The FY 2008 request provides critical support for the Service's efforts to expand fish access to stream habitat necessary for natural reproduction. The budget request includes $11.0 million for the fish passage program. This is a $6.0 million increase and will allow the FWS to participate in the Open Rivers Initiative, a multi-agency program to remove existing barriers, such as old road culverts, that prevent fish movement up streams. The budget also requests a $2.25 million increase for the National Fish Habitat Action Plan, a comprehensive, coordinated effort to increase the quality of habitat for our nation's fish.
The FY 2008 budget also funds a number of significant new efforts such as:
Other ongoing Service efforts highlighted in the President's FY 2008 budget proposal include:
The FY 2008 President's Budget Request will be made available online in a few weeks at http://budget.fws.gov.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 96-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System, which encompasses 547 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resources offices, and 81 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign and Native American Tribal governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Assistance program, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to State fish and wildlife agencies.
For more information about the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, visit our home page at http://www.fws.gov.