Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

The 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.

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

We owe an abundance of gratitude to our partners and outdoor enthusiasts for contributing to conservation!
05/19/2020

We owe an abundance of gratitude to our partners and outdoor enthusiasts for contributing to conservation!

Fishing and boating season are getting started along the Connecticut River and its tributaries. Check out these facts of how anglers, boaters, and outdoor enthusiasts boost conservation efforts with their purchases.
Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

More great work being planned with funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program!
04/29/2020

More great work being planned with funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program!

Three southeast Ohio boat ramps at Fox Lake, Tycoon Lake, and Lake Rupert will receive renovations this spring. Work is scheduled to begin in May and conclude by the end of August.

1️⃣ The existing boat ramp at Fox Lake in Athens County is insufficient for launching most boats because of sediment build up and the shallow slope of the ramp. Work planned includes constructing a new boat ramp in the same location, dredging sediment, and adding a courtesy dock that will accommodate five boats and is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). In addition, the parking lot will be resealed and striped. The boat ramp and the parking lot will be closed during construction, and Fox Lake will be drawn down approximately 5 feet.

2️⃣ The boat ramp at Tycoon Lake in Gallia County is currently closed while the lake is drawn down for additional dam rehabilitation work. Work planned at the boat ramp includes adding an ADA-compliant courtesy dock adjacent to the ramp that will accommodate five boats. The ramp is closed, and a portion of the parking lot is also closed during construction.

3️⃣ Work planned at Lake Rupert in Vinton County includes adding an ADA-compliant courtesy dock adjacent to the existing ramp that will accommodate five boats. During construction the boat ramp will be closed from Monday to Thursday, but one lane will be open for launching from Friday to Sunday, and on holidays. A portion of the parking lot will be closed for the duration of construction.

➡️ All three projects are funded by the state motorboat fuel tax. The projects at Tycoon Lake and Lake Rupert will receive funds from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program.

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Imagine the thrill of capturing and releasing Bighorn sheep...that's the kind of work that the Tribal Wildlife Grant (pa...
04/10/2020
Featured | Bighorn sheep return to ancestral home after a century

Imagine the thrill of capturing and releasing Bighorn sheep...that's the kind of work that the Tribal Wildlife Grant (part of the WSFR Program) accomplishes, as well as funding for future planning and monitoring!

Bighorn sheep return to ancestral home after a century

This is what we do -- Our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports conservation and outdoor recreation proje...
03/23/2020

This is what we do -- Our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program supports conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country!

Today, Secretary Bernhardt announced the disbursement of almost $1 billion in grants generated through excise taxes on hunting, shooting and fishing equipment and boat fuel to support critical state conservation and outdoor recreation projects across the country. Through the Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act and Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has distributed more than $22.9 billion in total: www.doi.gov/pressreleases/sportsmen-and-sportswomen-generate-nearly-1-billion-conservation-funding

Another great project funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program!
03/10/2020

Another great project funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program!

QUONNIE UPDATE: Grading work is done and the boat ramp slabs have been delivered to the site. Big week coming up! It's a partnership with Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, funded by the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program. Photos by our Conservation Engineer, Jillian Thompson.

The Wildlife Restoration Program helped to purchase 18,000 acres of land in Mississippi to enable families to keep up th...
11/22/2019
Officials dedicate Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area - The Vicksburg Post

The Wildlife Restoration Program helped to purchase 18,000 acres of land in Mississippi to enable families to keep up the traditions of going into the great outdoors!

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Wednesday morning, 18,000 acres of land — a mixture of bayous, sloughs and stands of hardwoods — came under the protection of the state of Mississippi. The newly dedicated Phil Bryant Wildlife Management Area is expected to provide state residents an area for hunting, fishing, hiking and the exp...

Funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program help to improve lakes in Bethany, Missouri!  http://ow.ly/YJJH50wCbrH
10/04/2019
Missouri Department of Conservation assists city of Bethany in improving area lakes

Funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program help to improve lakes in Bethany, Missouri! http://ow.ly/YJJH50wCbrH

The Missouri Department of Conservation on September 20, 2019, presented the city of Bethany a check for $153,537 to help pay for improvements at North Bethany City Reservoir and Old Bethany City Lake. Earlier, MDC provided a $23,305 grant for the projects. MDC reimburses up to 75 percent of project...

Did you know? When you purchase a fishing license, your state receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Pr...
09/24/2019
Jennings park added to LDWF fishing program

Did you know? When you purchase a fishing license, your state receives matching funds from the Sport Fish Restoration Program for public fishing and boating access, fishing programs and education and fisheries management! http://ow.ly/TJ3K50wpfhx

NewsJeff Davis Parish Actions Facebook Tweet Email Jennings park added to LDWF fishing program Posted: 3:30 PM, Sep 18, 2019 Updated: 2019-09-18 16:30:19-04 By: KATC News Courtesy Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Wild...

07/24/2019
BIG dollars help build needed facilities

BIG dollars help build needed facilities

The Boating Infrastructure Grants program awarded $20.6 million for projects that get and keep people on the water.

Did you know that all of the species of sea turtles that can be found in U.S. waters are listed as endangered or threate...
06/14/2019
Marine Turtle Conservation

Did you know that all of the species of sea turtles that can be found in U.S. waters are listed as endangered or threatened under the Endangered Species Act? Check out this interactive guide to learn more about how we can protect these ancient mariners!

The Marine Turtle Conservation Fund has been supporting sea turtle recovery efforts since 2004, funding projects in more than 40 countries.

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program looks out for recreational boaters. We want them to be safe and have the...
06/12/2019

The Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program looks out for recreational boaters. We want them to be safe and have the ability to dispose of their on-board sewage!

Through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program we are awarding over $1M in Clean Vessel Act (CVA) grants to provide much-needed funding to communities to build and maintain facilities that help boaters keep our rivers and streams clean throughout our region.

Pump-out systems built or purchased with these funds ensure recreational boaters have a safe, convenient and effective method to dispose of on-board sewage.

The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality plans to initiate five marina pump-out projects and purchase one pumpout boat. The proposed projects will be on Grand Lake O’ The Cherokee’s, Eufaula Lake, Lake Texoma, and Oologah Lake.

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Photo: Evergreen Marina on Lake Eufala, OK.

Alligator gar are under-studied. Not a great deal is known about one of the largest freshwater fishes in North America, ...
06/03/2019
Essential alligator gar research underway in Oklahoma

Alligator gar are under-studied. Not a great deal is known about one of the largest freshwater fishes in North America, but the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program hope to change this by funding important research of the Alligator gar!

JUN 2, 2019 - Lake Texoma lies over the Texas and Oklahoma state line and the boundary water is enormous. Denison Dam backs up the Red and Wash*ta rivers for miles. The swollen arms of several tributary streams form massive lake coves that shoulder into the main water body. Consequently, there is mu...

05/15/2019
Thompson/Center

See your conservation dollars (through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program) at work during a bear den study!

Conservation is important! We were able to see conservation funding at work during a bear den visit. #TCarms #hunting #conservation U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program

Did you know? Buying a fishing license supports hatchery operations for your state!  It's a user pay, user benefit syste...
05/06/2019
Walleye: Fresh from the renovated Walton fish hatchery

Did you know? Buying a fishing license supports hatchery operations for your state! It's a user pay, user benefit system! https://bit.ly/2YbImvH

This past week marks the first of the walleye harvest from the newly renovated Walton Fish Hatchery facility in Social Circle, according to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.

Anglers and fish hatcheries have a very important relationship linked to funding from the Sport Fish Restoration Program...
05/03/2019
Proud to be a Farmer: Richmond Hill Fish Hatchery

Anglers and fish hatcheries have a very important relationship linked to funding from the Sport Fish Restoration Program. More important than the funding is the memories that fishing creates! https://bit.ly/2LozLnO

There are about 40,000 farms in Georgia, but less than 10 are fish hatcheries. One of them is close by, in Bryan County.

Free fishing days are a great way to introduce someone to fishing! Try it out this weekend in Ohio! https://bit.ly/2XYPQ...
05/03/2019
Free Fishing Days is this weekend - The Tribune

Free fishing days are a great way to introduce someone to fishing! Try it out this weekend in Ohio! https://bit.ly/2XYPQ5c

Any Ohio resident looking to catch a few fish this weekend are in luck as the Ohio Department of Natural Resources is having its annual Free Fishing Days on Saturday and Sunday. The event offers Ohioans the opportunity to fish in any of the state’s public waters without buying a license. Free Fish...

The Sport Fish Restoration Act (also known as the Dingell-Johnson Act) was one of John D. Dingell's greatest natural res...
04/18/2019
Remembering John Dingell

The Sport Fish Restoration Act (also known as the Dingell-Johnson Act) was one of John D. Dingell's greatest natural resource accomplishments. We are grateful for his dedication and long serving commitment to conservation of our natural resources! https://bit.ly/2Xh6xse

Sometimes politics and natural resources can come together for the good of all people. In this week’s Wildlife Matters , the Masked Biologist reflects on

A perfect example of how our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works with partners on some amazing projects!
04/02/2019
The Conservation Fund

A perfect example of how our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program works with partners on some amazing projects!

Exciting news from New Hampshire! The NH Fish and Game Department, in partnership with The Conservation Fund, purchased approximately 3,181 acres of land that is now known as the William B. Ruger Wildlife Management Area. The newly conserved area protects outstanding wildlife and water resources and provides the public with recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and nature study.

Funding from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) grant program, the NH Department of Environmental Services’s Aquatic Resource Mitigation Fund, the New Hampshire LCHIP, Land and Community Heritage Investment Program, and the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Wildlife Habitat Account, made this #conservation effort possible.

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The Wildlife Restoration Program supports the restoration of wild turkey in Georgia, which is one of Georgia’s great con...
03/22/2019
2019 STATEWIDE TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENS MARCH 23

The Wildlife Restoration Program supports the restoration of wild turkey in Georgia, which is one of Georgia’s great conservation success stories! https://bit.ly/2Cxox9T

2019 STATEWIDE TURKEY HUNTING SEASON OPENS MARCH 23 By Editor | March 18, 2019 | 0   SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 18, 2019) – Georgia turkey hunters are ready for the season to open on Saturday, Mar. 23. The 2019 turkey hunting season should be a fair season, similar to 2018, according to the Georgi...

03/15/2019
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region

Don't be surprised if you see elk in West Virginia! Funding from the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program brings Elk back to WV!

Have you ever seen an elk? Standing roughly five-feet tall at the shoulder and weighing around 500 lbs, a real life encounter could be a little intimidating and awe-inspiring. Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and West Virginia Division of Natural Resources, with funding administered by our Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program, is bringing elk back to parts of their historic range. Thanks to a team of volunteers, partners were able to construct large outdoor pens to aid the reintroduction.

This week is National Wildlife Week. What action will you take to help our aquatic, feathered, and furry friends?

Funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program makes National Archery in the Schools Programs possible....
03/08/2019
Straight Shooting

Funding through the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program makes National Archery in the Schools Programs possible. National Archery in the Schools has programs in more than 100 public schools across New Mexico. https://bit.ly/2EWcwMC

More than 800 student archers from elementary, middle and high schools from around New Mexico fired ...

Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation celebrates their new habitat with exhibits that provide opportunities for conserv...
01/18/2019
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation's Renovated Headquarters

Oklahoma Dept of Wildlife Conservation celebrates their new habitat with exhibits that provide opportunities for conservation education! The project was funded by proceeds from the sale of hunting & fishing licenses. https://bit.ly/2HjcNMR

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation (ODWC) has 350 employees that are responsible for managing Oklahoma's fish and wildlife resources and habitat. ODWC does not receive general state tax appropriations. License sales and federal Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program grant revenues....

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