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The goal of our Wildside Newsletter is to help you get to know the agency better and help you stay in the know on all things wild in the Silver State!
What we do
The Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) is the state agency responsible for the restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. NDOW is organized into seven divisions (Conservation Education, Habitat, Game, Data and Technology Services, Law Enforcement, Wildlife Diversity and Fisheries) that develop programs and projects, and three regions (eastern, southern and western) that implement these programs.
In addition, NDOW coordinates agency planning activities, legislation and support operations by assigning senior management level personnel to coordinate these efforts. The department is led by a governor-appointed director, who also serves as the secretary of the wildlife commission.
The Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners, a 9-member, governor-appointed board, is responsible for establishing broad policy, setting annual and permanent regulations, reviewing budgets, and receiving input on wildlife and boating matters from entities such as the 17 county advisory boards to manage wildlife.
DIRECTORS of Nevada Department of Wildlife
The Department is led by a governor-appointed director, who also serves as the secretary of the Nevada Board of Wildlife Commissioners. The director appoints two deputy directors—one who oversees the Department’s resource divisions and one who oversees budget and operations. In addition, the director supports operations of the Department’s seven divisions by coordinating with division administrators.
MEET OUR DIVISIONS
NDOW is the state agency responsible for the protection, restoration and management of fish and wildlife resources, and the promotion of boating safety on Nevada’s waters. In order to most effectively meet these responsibilities, NDOW has seven different divisions focusing on various aspects of the ultimate responsibilities.
The Conservation Education Division works to promote Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) programs, services and recreational opportunities. The division educates the public about state wildlife and boating rules and regulations, as well as other wildlife, habitat and fishing issues. The division also strives to involve students, teachers and the public through hunter, angler and wildlife education programs. Additionally, the division has developed a volunteer program to provide the public a hands-on way to get involved in projects like seed gathering or fish stocking.
The Habitat Division’s main objective is to ensure that Nevada wildlife habitats are productive and in good ecological condition. The division is responsible for reviewing, assessing and providing comments on all proposed land and water uses, providing fish and wildlife data to all entities for planning and decision-making purposes. The Habitat Division is also responsible for planning, operating and maintaining approximately 150,000 acres of state-owned lands administered as Wildlife Management Areas (WMA’s). The division administers the water development, rangeland and wildfire rehabilitation efforts for the Department.
The Game Division is responsible for management, protection, research and monitoring of wildlife classified as game mammals, upland and migratory game birds, and furbearing mammals. The division has four program areas: avian and terrestrial game species management, game wildlife/depredation control and compensation, predator management, and wildlife health and disease monitoring.
Data and Technology Services
The Data and Technology Services Division is responsible for the business affairs of the Department which include the management of the customer service programs comprised of licensing, boat titling and registrations, hunt applications and draws; special licenses and permits; land agent activities; information technology services and geographic information systems(GIS).
The Division of Law Enforcement is responsible for protecting Nevada’s wildlife resources and ensuring the safety of the boating public. Game Wardens enforce the wildlife and boating laws passed by the state legislature and regulations set by the Nevada Wildlife Commission. The Law Enforcement Division is also responsible for the statewide boating education program and implementing Operation Game Thief.
The Wildlife Diversity Division is dedicated to the preservation, management and study of Nevada’s diverse, terrestrial, non-game wildlife heritage. Using habitat-based conservation planning, sound science and innovative, collaborative partnerships, the division protects and manages for healthy populations of hundreds of Nevada’s wildlife species including at-risk and sensitive species.
The Fisheries Division works to ensure the health and vitality of Nevada’s fish in its network of streams, rivers, lakes and reservoirs. Hatcheries produce and stock fish, and biologists manage fish and amphibian populations, water quality and aquatic habitat.