We work with others in Vermont and New York to protect and restore fish and wildlife, and their habitats throughout the Lake Champlain, Connecticut River, and Hudson River watersheds.

What We Do

Our goals are to improve the health of our lakes and rivers, and to increase the distribution and abundance of ecologically and economically important fish and wildlife.

  • We restore the health of our rivers, wetlands, and upland areas for fish and wildlife.
  • We help local farmers improve their lands for wildlife, water quality, and sustainable agriculture.
  • We help restore aquatic connectivity to our rivers and their tributaries. And we help build roads that are resilient to flooding.
  • We assess parasitic sea lamprey populations and strategically control the spread of the invasive species invasive species
    An invasive species is any plant or animal that has spread or been introduced into a new area where they are, or could, cause harm to the environment, economy, or human, animal, or plant health. Their unwelcome presence can destroy ecosystems and cost millions of dollars.

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    to prevent its devastating effect on native fish.
  • We assess fish populations, conduct research, and work with hatcheries to evaluate the effectiveness of stocking and other conservation actions to restore land-locked Atlantic salmon and other priority fish species.


Sea Lamprey Control in Lake Champlain Basin

Fisheries Restoration in Lake Champlain Basin

Habitat Restoration

Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Management Cooperative

Other LCFWCO Partnerships

Our Organization

The Fish and Aquatic Conservation program leads aquatic conservation efforts for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. We are committed to tackling the nation’s highest priority aquatic conservation and recreational challenges to conserve, restore, and enhance fisheries for future generations.
Aquatic invasive species cause tremendous harm to our environment, our economy, and our health. They can drive out and eat native plants and wildlife, spread diseases, and damage infrastructure. We work to protect our waterways and the communities that depend on them from the threat of invasive...
The Fish Passage Program works with local communities on a voluntary basis to restore rivers and conserve our nation’s aquatic resources by removing or bypassing barriers. Our projects benefit both fish and people.

Projects and Research

Our Library

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