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About the Division

Four Bureaus make up the Division of Fish and Wildlife (DFW):

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Also, take a look at our Fisheries Biologist Reports to read about fish research and survey activities statewide.

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Staff Location

Staff are located throughout the state in Regional Offices, Program Headquarter Offices and Field Stations (labs and hatcheries).

Regional Offices

DEC consists of nine regional headquarters and suboffices, which are located in local areas across the state. If you need information that relates to fish, wildlife, or habitat issues in your local area, please contact our regional staff.

Field Stations

Each of our Bureaus also provides special services. Field Stations located across the state help deliver these services to you. These facilities include Hale Creek Field Station, Rome Field Station, fish hatcheries and others. The Bureau of Fish & Wildlife Services attends to both resident and non-resident customer needs and includes the Hunter Education program, Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program, Sporting License Sales, and Special Licenses and Permits.

Program Headquarters

Program Headquarters house the Division's administrative staff and the offices of the Bureaus of Fish & Wildlife Services, Fisheries, Habitat, and Wildlife. These offices are located in downtown Albany. Headquarters staff coordinate implementation of the Division's program, and provide support to the Regions.

If you need information about our statewide program that you cannot find on our web pages, please contact us.

Funding Sources for the Division

The Division is funded from a number of sources, which are dedicated specifically to the Division's mission.

Conservation Fund

The primary funding source is the Conservation Fund. The Conservation Fund, established in 1925, consists of hunting, fishing and trapping license fees and miscellaneous other fees and fines collected by the Division. The Conservation Fund Advisory Board helps review how these funding sources are used and spent within the Division.

There are several subaccounts within the Conservation Fund. One is the Return A Gift to Wildlife subaccount, which was established in 1982 as a voluntary donation through an income tax check off. This subaccount has been used primarily, but not exclusively, for non-game programs.

Federal Aid

The second major source of funding is the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) Federal Aid in Sport Fish and Wildlife Restoration funded by a federal excise tax on firearms, ammunition, archery, fishing equipment and motor boat fuels. The wildlife portion, known as the Pittman-Robertson Act (named after the congressional sponsors of this federal legislation), provides funding for Wildlife Conservation and Hunter and Trapper Education. The fisheries portion, known as the Dingle-Johnson or Wallop-Breaux Acts, provides funding for fisheries management and boating access. In recent years another significant source of funds from the USFWS has been from the State Wildlife Grants (SWG) program. SWG grants are for the identification of species in greatest conservation need and provide for protection and restoration of their populations and habitats.

General Fund

Our programs also receive support from the State's General Fund. General Fund support originates from New York State taxes, and contributed approximately 8% of the Division of Fish and Wildlife's operating budget in FY 2007-08. General Fund dollars are used to protect habitats and benefit a variety of species.

More about Division of Fish and Wildlife:

  • Bureau of Fish & Wildlife Services - The Bureau of Fish and Wildlife Services is responsible for Division of Fish and Wildlife administration, special licenses, sportsman education, staff training and development, and extension.
  • Bureau of Ecosystem Health - The Bureau of Ecosystem Health is made up of wildlife biologists, ecologists and aquatic biologists, who provide scientific input into decisions to monitor, evaluate and respond to environmental stressors in New York.
  • Bureau of Fisheries - The Bureau of Fisheries strives to conserve and enhance New York's abundant and diverse populations of freshwater fishes while providing the public with quality recreational angling opportunities.
  • Bureau of Wildlife - The Bureau of Wildlife strives to provide the people of New York the opportunity to enjoy all the benefits of the wildlife of the state, now and in the future.
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