Issue Area

Wildlife Agency Relevance and Funding

Overview

State fish and wildlife and other natural resource agencies are experiencing increased responsibilities as a result of habitat loss and degradation, climate change, invasive species, and increased recreation on state and federal public lands. But because fish and wildlife agencies have historically been funded largely through hunting and fishing licenses and fees, which are declining in every state, agencies are struggling to meet these responsibilities.

States have expressed interest in increasing wildlife agency funding while at the same time increasing agency relevance. For example, several states are interested in updating agency missions and titles, and increasing representation on agency commissions and boards to better represent diverse citizen perspectives.

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Kate Burgess

Conservation Manager

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Key Facts

States “own” the wildlife within their borders, and as such are responsible for managing and maintaining wildlife and ecosystems.

State fish and wildlife and other agencies are losing funding from state, federal, and license sources; most agencies’ budgets have fallen in the last few years.

Nongame wildlife in particular needs help, but often few funds are designated for nongame wildlife or even endangered species.

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Fish and Wildlife Conservation: Agency Relevance and Funding Presentation

November 12, 2019

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Oregon Task Force on Funding for Fish, Wildlife, And Related Outdoor Recreation Presentation

August 27, 2017

Online Resources

Oregon Task Force Report 2016

Report to the legislature on HB 2402 Task Force on Funding for Fish, Wildlife, and Related Outdoor Recreation

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife Funding Study

Study by Meridian Institute to ensure stewardship of the Colorado's wildlife and natural resources for years to come.

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