The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office implements a comprehensive suite of activities to conserve and manage self-sustaining populations of native fish. These activities are linked to fishery management and rehabilitation plans that help achieve restoration goals, support recreational benefits and address Federal trust responsibilities such as Interjurisdictional Fisheries. Our focal species include coaster brook trout, lake sturgeon, lake trout, lake whitefish and walleye.
Aquatic Invasive Species
The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office is on the front line of defense against the prevention, early detection, and rapid response planning of aquatic invasive species introductions into Lake Superior. We strive to increase awareness of the negative impacts aquatic invasive species can have on the aquatic resources and local economies of Lake Superior and how to prevent their spread. We also implement a rigorous, scientifically based, early-detection sampling protocol in several invasion “hotspots” across Lake Superior to increase the odds of finding a new species before it becomes established. Last, but certainly not least, we work with our partners to develop rapid response plans in the event a new species is detected.
Aquatic Habitat Restoration
The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office knows that healthy, self-sustaining populations of fish and wildlife require healthy, intact habitats. Armed with the Fish Passage Program, National Fish Habitat Partnership, Coastal Program, and Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program, we restore instream, riparian, coastal, and upland habitats that are important for many life stages of fish and wildlife. We rely heavily on partnerships with other federal, tribal, and state agencies, along with non-governmental organizations, watershed councils, and local municipalities to leverage resources to accomplish far more than we can on our own.
Outreach and Education
The Ashland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office believes that the future of fish and wildlife conservation is in the hands of our youth. Without future generations to carry on our legacy, long-term sustainability of our natural resources is in jeopardy. Whenever possible, the Ashland FWCO supports and participates in events to tell our story and to increase the awareness of our mission. It is our goal to impart the value of natural resources to all generations and facilitate opportunities for public learning and engagement.