Wildlife Conservation and Management Benefits

We can thank forward-thinking early conservationists – led by hunters and fishermen – that the goal of preserving wildlife and their habitats through sound science and active management is encoded into Michigan law.

The overarching goal of managing our fish and wildlife so that their populations are sustained forever has clearly served the people of our state well. Michigan’s abundant wildlife, diverse habitats and natural beauty have been central to our way of life for decades, and outdoors lovers of all types are committed to preserving our rich natural tapestry for future generations.

Management of wildlife involves:

  • Wildlife biologists and conservationists work to restore the populations of rare, threatened or endangered species, such as moose, Kirtland’s warblers, piping plover or the Mitchell’s satyr butterfly. Each species faces unique challenges and threats that are addressed by people dedicated to ensuring they continue to have a presence in Michigan. The bald eagle and peregrine falcon are success stories for all species’ recovery efforts.
  • Careful population tracking and monitoring are conducted to keep populations sustainable and long-lasting.

A variety of best management practices are used to keep our wildlife in balance. Learn more.