WDFW Budget Overview

Current Operating Budget Snapshot

Pie Chart - WDFW 2015-2017 Operating Budget

Pie Chart - Major uses of State General Fund 2015-2017 Biennium

Pie Chart - Major uses of State Wildlife Account - 2015-2017 Biennium

2017-2019 Operating Budget Proviso

When they enacted the 2017-19 biennial operating budget, state lawmakers directed WDFW to complete three tasks to improve the department's long-term financial stability and operational efficiency:

  • Develop a long-term plan to balance projected expenses and revenues by providing prioritized options for spending reductions and revenue increases.
  • Identify and implement management improvements and operating efficiencies.
  • Conduct a "zero-based budget review" to accompany the department's proposed 2019-21 operating budget.

Additional requirements, described in the budget bill include:

  • Obtaining public input on revenue options.
  • Submitting quarterly project updates to the Fish and Wildlife Commission, the Governor's budget office, and the Legislature.

The department has established a 20-member advisory committee to assist in developing the long-term financial plan. Learn more about the Budget and Policy Advisory Group.

2017-2019 Operating Budget Request

2015-2017 Operating Budget

What is the Operating Budget?
The operating budget pays for the day-to-day expenses that support of the Department’s stewardship of fish and wildlife resources in the state of Washington.

Our Role in the Economy
Hunting, fishing and other outdoor recreation play a vital role in the state's economy.

For more information

Archived Documents