The Wildlife and Sportfish Restoration Program is now the Office of Conservation Investment.

The Office of Conservation Investment funds conservation and connects people with nature through grants that support conservation efforts with partners. We provide technical assistance and administer grants that distribute millions of dollars annually to support fish and wildlife conservation, habitat conservation, clean water, fish and wildlife health, imperiled and endangered species conservation, coastal wetlands enhancement, public safety programs, and outdoor access pursuits like hunting, fishing, target shooting, and boating. 

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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. 

Below is a brief historical timeline of the Office of Conservation Investment (formerly known as the Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration program). This image is also available as a PDF:


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Last modified: Thursday, March 7, 2024, 1:44 PM