Our Vision for the Future of the Fish and Wildlife Service break

North America's native fish, wildlife and plants face enormous challenges as the world's population and its demand for resources continue to grow. Threats such as the continued degradation and fragmentation of habitat, competition from invasive species and wildlife disease have been magnified by global climate change, water scarcity and other landscape-scale environmental factors. If we can’t confront those challenges as a conservation community, we won’t be successful in ensuring the future of our irreplaceable natural heritage - or the human communities that depend on it.

The global challenges we face and the current economic climate in which we operate demand that transform the Fish and Wildlife Service into an organization that is increasingly relevant to the American people and working with our partners to deliver professional, science-driven conservation at a landscape scale in support of shared biological outcomes. More specifically, we are working to:

  • Put our resources where they will do the most good by focusing on measurable and effective biological outcomes – such as the conservation of individual species, populations and communities – that will improve the health of the landscape and its ability to support a broad range of wildlife and human communities.

  • Develop and employ the Service’s science capacity, making resource management decisions driven by the best available scientific information in order to link work at project scales to broader conservation goals at the landscape level;

  • Increase individual and organizational accountability and collaboration across the agency, as well as with state fish and wildlife agencies and other conservation partners to identify and achieve common goals;

  • Make conservation personally relevant to an America that is increasingly urban; more culturally, ethnically and racially diverse; and increasingly disconnected from the natural world; and to

  • Increase our emphasis on transparency, public participation, and engagement.


Last updated: June 28, 2012