An Important Part of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife’s Mission
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a proud record of more than 130 years in fisheries and aquatic resource conservation. There is a constant need for renewed commitments from the Service in conserving these valuable resources. Despite our proud heritage, we have become increasingly convinced of the need for greater support and resources if we are to be successful in meeting the challenges of our critical role in fisheries and aquatic resource management and conservation.
The Mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is:
Working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.
Our Mission statement includes the words “working with others” out of recognition that we can only accomplish our conservation mission with the active support and involvement of others. If we hope to accomplish our conservation mission, assuming that people understand and support what we do, then we need to be actively involved in reaching out to them. Outreach presentations can build a long lasting relationship with the public. In addition to classroom presentations to local schools, we volunteer our services to the California State Fair, American River Salmon Festival, and the Coleman Fish Hatchery Salmon Festival. Please contact our office for volunteer activities in your community.
Our ability to achieve our Mission depends on active cooperation with others. The Fish and Wildlife Service is committed to a collaborative approach to conservation. Our strategy is to empower Americans to become citizen conservationists. The more the Service can empower people as stewards of the land, the more effective we can be in our conservation mission. In order to keep the public informed and to help us in our Mission, the Service needs to reach out to the public through education and outreach events.
So why focus on public outreach? We are after all public servants. We exist to serve the public. Gifford Pinchot, the former Pennsylvania governor who also was head of the U.S. Forest Service and a noted conservationist once said:
“Public support of acts affecting public rights is absolutely required.”
What we do in the Service, whether it be the Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, or any other government entity, often affects people's lives and in many cases, their rights.
The Juvenile Fish Monitoring Program provides outreach at the following events:
The American River Salmon Festival
The Coleman National Fish Hatchery - Return of the Salmon Festival
California State Fair
Oroville Salmon Festival