The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) program is a federal-state grant reimbursement program funded, primarily, by excise taxes established by law on hunting and fishing equipment and motorboat fuels. WSFR has a long history of working with the states to restore America’s fish and wildlife resources. WSFR specialists work with state fish and wildlife professionals on many different types of projects, “adding value” by offering experience, skills, and critical evaluation of each project. This partnership between the Fish and Wildlife Service, state fish and wildlife agencies, the hunting and fishing equipment industries, and hunters, anglers, and boaters has proven to be very successful over the years.
MissionTo strengthen the ability of State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to restore and manage fish and wildlife resources to meet effectively the consumptive and non-consumptive needs of the public for fish and wildlife resources.
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration manages 10 state grant programs. The oldest of these, enacted in 1937, is the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Program. The Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Program followed in 1950.
Learn about the Wildlife Restoration Program.
Learn about the Sport Fish Restoration Program.
The division is made up of biologists, educators, accountants, grant management specialists, planners, and support staff. The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program in Region5 is organized into 5 program sections: Fisheries, Wildlife, Lands and Development, Grants Management, and Program Management.
The Role of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration