The Natural Resources Program is responsible for the protection and enhancement of the town's natural resources, enforcement of laws relating to fish and game, marine and recreational use, land management and environmental laws. The program provides protection and enhancement of the town's shellfish resources through shellfish propagation and stocking projects. Natural Resource officers patrol town conservation areas and beaches to enforce local by-laws and state and federal wildlife, fisheries, and environmental regulations. The program provides support for over sand operations at Sandy Neck, including environmental functions associated with endangered species and resource management. Natural Resources is also responsible for nuisance animal control and the enforcement of laws relative to the control of dogs within the Town of Barnstable.