Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S.

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  • In 1974 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), a U.S. Bureau of the Interior agency, was established because of a reorganization of its predecessor, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), which since the late 1950s had been divided into the Bureau of Commercial Fisheries and the Bureau of Sports Fisheries and Wildlife. The first USFWS chief, Lynn A. Greenwalt, continued to address issues, oversee programs, and seek legislation similar to the goals of leaders in previous versions of that federal agency.

    The USFWS represents political efforts by local, state, and federal officials since the mid-nineteenth century to establish guidelines and enforce laws relevant to protecting animal and plant natural resources. That agency originated from efforts to replenish depleted salt and freshwater fisheries essential for food ...

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