WFL has close partnerships with state and local governments and works with numerous federal land management agencies. Federal agencies include: the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, Surface Deployment and Distribution Command, US Forest Service, US Fish & Wildlife Service, National Park Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers.
Bureau of Indian Affairs
The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) is the oldest bureau of the United States Department of the Interior. Established in 1824, the BIA currently provides services (directly or through contracts, grants, or compacts) to approximately 1.7 million American Indians and Alaska Natives. There are 562 federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska Natives in the United States. The BIA is responsible for the administration and management of 66 million acres of land held in trust by the United States for American Indians, Indian tribes, and Alaska Natives.
Bureau of Land Management
The Bureau of Land Management is responsible for carrying out a variety of programs for the management and conservation of resources on 258 million surface acres (as well as 700 million subsurface mineral acres) of land in the United States. These public lands make up about 13 percent of the total land surface of the United States and more than 40 percent of all land managed by the Federal government.
Bureau of Reclamation
Established in 1902, the Bureau of Reclamation is best known for the more than 600 dams, powerplants, reservoirs, and canals it has constructed in the 17 western states. These water projects have played an important role in promoting the economic development of the western United States. Today, the Bureau of Reclamation is the largest wholesaler of water in the country. They provide water to more than 31 million people, and provide one fifth of all western farmers with irrigation water for their crops.
Surface Deployment and Distribution Command
The Surface Deployment and Distribution Command provides global surface deployment and distribution services to meet the objectives of the United States military. Their mission is to improve the global deployability and sustainment of U.S. Armed Forces by providing the Department of Defense (DoD) with transportation engineering, policy guidance, research, and analytical expertise to support the national military strategy.
US Forest Service
The Forest Service was established in 1905 and is an agency of the US Department of Agriculture. The Forest Service manages public lands in national forests and grasslands, which encompass 193 million acres. Gifford Pinchot, the first Chief of the Forest Service, summed up the mission of the Forest Service as "to provide the greatest amount of good for the greatest amount of people in the long run."
US Fish & Wildlife Service
The US Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) works with a variety of partners to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Although a relative newcomer to the Department of the Interior, the Fish & Wildlife Service's programs are among the oldest in the world dedicated to the conservation of natural resources.
National Park Service
Most people are familiar with the National Park Service which cares for a network of nearly 400 natural, cultural, and recreational sites across the nation. The treasures in this system, which is the first of its kind in the world, have been set aside by the American people so that they can be preserved, protected, and shared. People from all around the world visit American national parks to experience America's story, marvel at the natural wonders, and have fun.
US Army Corps of Engineers
The United States Army Corps of Engineers is made up of approximately 34,600 civilian and 650 military members. Their military and civilian engineers, scientists and other specialists work hand-in-hand as leaders in engineering and environmental matters. Their diverse workforce of biologists, engineers, geologists, hydrologists, natural resource managers, and other professionals meets the demands of changing times and requirements as a vital part of America's army.