WASHINGTON — The President’s Fiscal Year 2014 budget request would provide $1.6 billion for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service — an increase of $76.4 million over the 2012 level — to fund the agency’s high priority needs, USFWS officials said.
The budget also includes approximately $1.2 billion that will be provided directly to states to support fish and wildlife conservation and outdoor recreation.
“The service’s budget reflects the tough choices all federal agencies must make as we seek to shrink federal spending while continuing to meet our critical commitments and fund high priority programs,” said Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe. “It focuses our resources on transforming the agency to meet the conservation challenges of the 21st century and remain relevant in a changing American society.