Budget Information

The Washington State Legislature and Governor enact operating, capital, and transportation budgets on a two-year cycle, beginning July 1 of each odd numbered year.   

Collectively, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife’s (WDFW) 2023-25 operating and capital budgets are more than a billion dollars to fund more than 2,000 employees. WDFW’s funding is derived from a variety of state, federal, and local fund sources.   

The Department’s Budget Office ensures all budget decisions are made consistent with the Revised Code of Washington Title 77, state and federal law, and the agency’s strategic plan. We make budget choices that optimize the use of all fund sources, and we view the spending authority from the State Legislature as a commitment to do work.  

More information about the operating and capital budget, as well as the Department’s legislative requests, can be found on this section of the website.