USFWS Asks Wildlife Enthusiats to Support National Survey

Susan_White at Susan_White at
Tue Mar 13 10:41:33 EST 2001

Please see below.  . . .  and remember, "wildlife" includes the underwater
variety too for any divers that are called to respond.

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is asking hunters, anglers and other
wildlife enthusiasts for their participation, beginning in April, of the
Congressionally-approved 10th National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and
Wildlife-Associated Recreation.

The survey is undertaken every five years and is paid for with funds from
the Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration (Pittman-Robertson) and Federal Aid
in Sport Fish Restoration (Dingell-Johnson/Wallop-Breaux) programs.  It
provides the only comprehensive statistical data available related to
participation and expenditures on hunting, fishing, and other
wildlife-related recreation.  The survey is considered a critical resource
for Federal and state wildlife agencies, journalists, outdoor and tourist
industries, local governments, conservation groups and others with an
interest in wildlife and outdoor recreation.

Information for the survey is collected by the Census Bureau, primarily
through telephone interviews that will be conducted in April and September
2001 and January 2002.  Individuals will be asked about their participation
and expenditures in several categories of wildlife-associated recreation.
Results are published in a national report and in 50 individual state
reports.  The survey has been conducted every five years since 1955.

In conducting the survey, the Census Bureau initially contacts 80,000
households.  A sampling of individuals is compiled from the first round of
calls, and those in the sampling are called again, later in the year.   In
1996, the sampling included 28,200 anglers and hunters and 14,400 wildlife
observers, feeders and photographers.

The 1996 survey revealed that 77 million Americans enjoyed some form of
wildlife-related recreation and spent more than $100 billion pursuing their

"We are deeply appreciative of the anglers, hunters, birdwatchers and
others throughout the United States who voluntarily participate in this
survey," said Marshall Jones, the Service's acting director.

Preliminary survey reports will be available in the summer of 2002 and
final reports will be issued beginning in the fall of 2002.  Regular
updates will be posted on the Service's home page at

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency
responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and
plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American
people.  The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge
System, which encompasses more than 535 national wildlife refuges,
thousands of small wetlands and other special management areas.  It also
operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fishery resource offices and 78
ecological services field stations.  The agency enforces Federal wildlife
laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird
populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and
restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments
with their conservation efforts.  It also oversees the Federal Aid program
that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing
and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.

                                  - FWS -

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