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The Arizona Game and Fish Department is a state agency of Arizona, headquartered in Phoenix. The agency is tasked with conserving, enhancing, and restoring Arizona's diverse wildlife resources and habitats through aggressive protection and management programs. It also provides wildlife resources and watercraft and off-highway vehicle recreation. The department's mission is: "To conserve Arizona’s diverse wildlife resources and manage for safe, compatible outdoor recreation opportunities for current and future generations."
|Jurisdiction||Arizona, United States|
|Headquarters||5000 West Carefree Highway|
Phoenix, Arizona 85086-5000
|Annual budget||$117.6 million (FY2018)|
|Parent agency||Arizona Game and Fish Commission|
The Arizona Game and Fish Department has developed a "Comprehensive Wildlife Conservation Strategy" (CWCS)—a 10-year vision for managing Arizona’s fish, wildlife and natural habitats, input and partnerships with various agency cooperators, sportsman and recreational groups, conservation organizations, special interest groups, Native American tribes, county and municipal governments, and the general public.
Arizona is home to more than 900 animal species and 50 million public acres of natural land. The Arizona Wildlife Viewing Program strives to manage wildlife while providing for the responsible recreational use of the resource. Much of the support for the program comes from the Heritage Fund, a fund started in 1990 by Arizona voters to further conservation efforts in the state. Funding comes from Arizona Lottery ticket sales.
Drought and wildlifeEdit
The Arizona Game and Fish Department maintains 3,000 water catchments located throughout Arizona. The catchments provide water to wildlife year-round and particularly during the state's hot, dry summer months. Arizona Game and Fish trucks and airlifts water to the catchments. In 2020, 2.4 million gallons of water were delivered to fill the catchments, the first of which were constructed in the 1940s.
The Arizona Game and Fish Department produces Arizona Wildlife Views magazine and a television show of the same name.
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