Information and Education Program
The Information and Education program is first and foremost a support program for all the other Divisions and programs in the office. As part of that vital support function we have established a series of sub-programs.
Tribal Liaison: The Washington Fish and Wildlife Office was the first field office in the Pacific Region to formalize the duties of Tribal Liaison within its Information and Education program. Washington is home to over 30 tribes and all of them are involved in fish and wildlife issues. The Federal government maintains a special trust relationship with Indian tribes based on treaties, statutes, Executive Orders, Secretarial Orders, judicial decisions and other legal instruments. The FWS works with both Federally-recognized and non-recognized tribes, honoring their rights as domestic sovereign nations and working on a government-to-government basis to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.
Congressional Affairs: There are currently nine (soon to be ten) Congressional Districts and two Senate Districts within Washington. We work closely with District staffs to provide them the best possible information and answer any questions or concerns regarding the actions and activities of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Media Relations: Washington is home or neighbor to two of the top 25 media markets in America, as well as many smaller markets. Natural resource issues are of intense interest to the public and are often controversial. We work with all media fields, from network television to rural weekly newspapers, to provide the best information and answer questions about US Fish and Wildlife Service actions and activities.