Who We Are
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Fisheries Program has played a vital role in conserving America's fisheries since 1871, partnering with states, tribes, federal agencies, other Service programs, and private interests in efforts to conserve fish and other aquatic resources. The Fisheries Program provides a broad network of on-the-ground expertise that is unique in its geographic coverage, its array of scientific capabilities, and its ability to work strategically across political and jurisdictional boundaries.
How We Help
The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office conserves, protects, and restores native fish and wildlife resources and the habitats they rely on in the Lake Superior basin for the benefit of future generations. We provide technical conservation assistance in the areas of native species restoration, survey and assessment design, prevention, control, and response to the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species, fish passage and aquatic habitat restoration, and tribal relations and support.
Tribal Trust Responsibilities
Conserving U.S. fish and other aquatic resources cannot be successful without the partnership of tribes. They manage or influence some of the most important aquatic habitats both on and off reservations. In addition, the federal government and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have distinct and unique obligations toward tribes based on trust responsibility, treaty provisions, and statutory mandates.
The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office works with many Native American tribes, and Inter-Tribal Authorities and Commissions across the Lake Superior basin and surrounding areas in managing, protecting, and restoring fish and wildlife resources. The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office provides technical assistance and expertise across a variety of natural resource issues on lands and waters ceded under the 1836, 1837, 1842, and 1854 Treaties between the United States and Ojibwe bands.