Conservation is at the core of our mission, and is central to everything we do.

Whether we're protecting wildlife from poaching, improving fish passage on rivers, buying important habitat for a wildlife management area, or working with landowners to protect a bald eagle nest, we are always striving to fulfill our mission to conserve Vermont's fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the people of Vermont.


Learn where can you go to get your fix of fish and wildlife, what we're doing to conserve habitat, and how you can help.


Learn what we are doing to make sure fish and other aquatic plants and animals can thrive in Vermont — from improving fish passage to conserving forested streambanks.


The department uses a variety of strategies to protect Vermont's fish and wildlife and ensure their thoughtful use. You can find tools and information that you can use to help protect fish, wildlife and their habitats here.


The department reviews a variety of regulatory processes such as Act 250, Vermont's endangered species law, stream alteration and stream crossing permits and more. Learn more about the review process and find resources to assist in project review.


The department works to help threatened and endangered species such as sturgeon or lynx thrive in Vermont, while keeping common species such as moose or spotted salamanders common.