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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) works with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Within FWS is the National Wildlife Refuge System (NWRS) that is tasked with administering a national network of lands and waters for the conservation, management, and restoration of the fish, wildlife, and plant resources and their habitats within the US.

Deer at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal NWR. 

In 2012 FWS announced the launch of a new branch, Human Dimensions (HD). From providing opportunities for recreation and education, to restoring vital habitats for fish, wildlife and plants, the public plays a vital role in our decision making process. The Human Dimensions Branch examines the complex relationships between people and the wildlife and habitats the Refuge System protects. This enables decision-makers to consider social systems in conservation planning, design, and implementation. Both biological and social sciences should inform landscape-scale management of wildlife and their habitats.  

The HD branch is housed within the Natural Resource Program Center (NRPC) in Fort Collins, Colorado. As a central location for resources to inform landscape-level conservation delivery, NRPC is the ideal home for HD. All activities at NRPC must be informed by sound science. Until recently, this has meant biological and physical science. It is clear now that we must also take social sciences into consideration in order for our decisions and management actions to be comprehensively informed.

Be sure to stop by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Team Page to see the latest blog posts, news, and upcoming training and events. Please visit the HD Branch site for more information about the Branch and its role within FWS.


Working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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