Wildlife Services Expenditures for the Protection of Resources
Federal and Cooperative Funding to Protect Natural Resources
Each year, a portion of the Federal funding that is provided to the WS Program by Congress through the Federal budget and appropriations processes is dedicated to natural resource protection. In some situations, program recipients provide WS with cooperative funding to support very specific program activities to protect natural resources. Natural Resources are those associated with publically managed parks, lakes, state and national forests, wildlife and fish, (including sensitive, threatened, and endangered species), and wetlands. The Natural Resource category includes the protection of natural areas from the impacts of invasive species such as nutria and feral swine, the safeguarding of rare, threatened and endangered wildlife species from the negative impacts of more abundant ones, and the provision of information and education on the ecology and values associated with wildlife encountered by the public.