Mission and Vision

The Department of Fisheries and Wildlife was established in 1950 with faculty drawn from several different units. Since that time both the faculty and the issues of import in fisheries and wildlife have changed significantly. Building on past successes while simultaneously preparing for future change in societal needs requires the development of a forward-looking plan of operation. The following plan should allow the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife to evaluate opportunities for growth relative to the needs of society in a reasoned manner.

Mission Statement:

Our mission is to provide the education, research, and outreach needed by society for the conservation and rehabilitation of fish and wildlife resources and their ecosystems.

Vision Statement:

The vision of the department is to cooperatively develop sufficient understanding of the structure and function of ecosystems to allow reasoned conservation, rehabilitation and management of fisheries and wildlife resources.


  • We value the land grant mission that seeks to provide -
    1. citizen access to higher education regardless of wealth or social status
    2. excellent instruction in the knowledge and capabilities needed by students for the professions and careers important to society, and
    3. a strengthened democratic system and citizenry through programs of education, research, and outreach/extension. Our first obligation in realizing the land grant mission is to serve the people of Michigan.
  • We value our responsibility for natural resource stewardship through the development of methods of sustainable use and maintenance of ecological integrity.
  • We value fairness in access to publicly owned resources to accommodate a full range of use.
  • We value equally teaching, research, and outreach/extension activities. We recognize that effective integration of these functions is essential for providing high quality, relevant programs, both domestic and international.
  • We value the entire continuum of disciplinary, subject matter, and problem-solving knowledge, all of which are essential for the success of the department, college, and university missions.
  • We value involvement in international teaching, research, and outreach programs. These activities inform our domestic efforts and enable us to address important problems and opportunities in Michigan’s agriculture and natural resource sectors.
  • We value academic freedom and its responsible exercise.
  • We value intellectual diversity and heterogeneity in faculty composition.
  • We value collaborative and individual efforts. We recognize the increasing importance of collaborative efforts to seek solutions to society’s needs and problems.
  • We value a supportive work environment that recognizes that faculty and staff have commitments outside of their professional lives.