About Us

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) works with states, insular areas and the District of Columbia to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, their habitats, and the hunting, sport fishing and recreational boating opportunities they provide.

Our Mission

Mission: Working through partnerships to conserve and manage fish and wildlife and their habitats for the use and enjoyment of current and future generations.

Vision: Healthy, diverse, and accessible fish and wildlife populations that offer recreation, economic activity,and other societal benefits, in addition to sustainable ecological functions.

Guiding principle: Society benefits from conservation-based management of fish and wildlife and their habitats and opportunities to use and enjoy them.

Our History

Over eighty-three years of successful wildlife management is the remarkable legacy of the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act (approved by Congress in 1937). Along with the Dingell-Johnson Sport Fish Restoration Act (approved in 1950), it is the foundation of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program (WSFR) and a cornerstone of the North American model of fish and wildlife management – a model venerated for its principles, celebrated for its performance, and embraced for its promise for the future. The two Acts mark the triumph of American conservation, founded on public ownership of wildlife, reliance on partnerships, and commitment to preserve our natural heritage.