These are the primary initiatives and efforts that we are engaged in to further the conservation, protection, and enhancement of fish, wildlife and plants, and their habitats.


Climate change presents a growing threat to the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats in profound ways. Due to the effects of climate change, some populations may decline, many will shift their ranges substantially, and still others will face increased risk of extinction. Some species...
Wildlife trafficking is an international crisis that involves the poaching, smuggling, and illegal trade of protected species. It is both a critical conservation concern and a threat to global security with significant effects on the national interests of the United States and our partners around...
We play a key role in addressing the challenges identified in the Biden-Harris administration’s four priorities: addressing the pandemic, rebuilding the economy, racial equality, and climate change, in addition to specific priorities of the Department of the Interior and our Director.
Fishing is available at 343 national wildlife refuges, 35 wetland management districts, 19 national fish hatcheries and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service lands and waters.
In the United States, hunting is both a wildlife management tool and an outdoor tradition. The North American Model of Wildlife Conservation describes the way we manage access to wildlife to ensure healthy wildlife populations into the future.
An invasive species is one that is not native to an ecosystem and which causes, or likely causes, economic or environmental harm or harm to humans. It is important to note that we are talking about environmental boundaries.
Bees, bats, birds and butterflies do us an important service: As they visit flowers to feed on nectar, they carry pollen from plant to plant. This movement of pollen from a flower’s male stamen to its female stigma — or that of the next flower — fertilizes plants and produces fruits and seeds.
We protect species from extinction, restore habitats, and foster biological diversity. U.S. Conservation laws, such as the Endangered Species Act (ESA), help define the United States' stance on conservation.