Fisheries & Wildlife Division is a division of MassWildlife. MassWildlife was founded as a state fisheries commission in 1866 in response to citizen concerns about the loss of Atlantic salmon to dams and pollution. The continuing development of the agency reflects the will of the citizens of Massachusetts to protect and restore natural resources. The conservation, including protection, restoration and management, of Massachusetts' fauna and flora is the statutory responsibility of MassWildlife. MassWildlife's charge is the stewardship of all wild amphibians, reptiles, birds, mammals and freshwater and diadromous fishes in the state, in addition to endangered, threatened and special concern species, including native wild plants and invertebrates. This responsibility is established and articulated in the constitution and general laws of Massachusetts. Fisheries & Wildlife Division is headquartered in Boston where it employs nearly 20 people.