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Causes: Animals, Anti-Fracking, Environment, Environmental Education, Wildlife Preservation & Protection

Mission: National wildlife federation's (nwf) mission is to inspire americans to protect wildlife for our children's future. Nwf has three strategic programmatic areas: a) iconic landscapes, b) healthy waters and c) vibrant communities. Through education, outreach and advocacy, nwf pursues solutions that reduce threats to wildlife and people. Nwf represents a diverse set of interests, made up of our vast network of affiliates, members and partners. Nwf affiliates are autonomous, nonprofit organizations that lead in state and local conservation efforts and partner with nwf on a wide variety of regional and national issues. Affiliation is a voluntary relationship between each organization and nwf, and there is only one affiliate per state or u. S. Territory. This diverse network of partners elects key members of nwf's leadership and sets nwf's conservation policy priorities through an annual resolution process. As in nature, we have strength in numbers and diversity. Nwf regularly works closely wi

Programs: Iconic landscapes: a centerpiece of nwf's strategy is protecting and restoring habitat throughout the united states to benefit wildlife. Nwf defends federal laws, protects and restores public and tribal lands, and works with local communities to protect, restore and sustain wildlife habitat. Nwf also works to provide guidance on scientific and sustainable fish and wildlife management. As an example, in the rocky mountain west, nwf's colorado and montana offices are our state affiliates are strong voices for public lands and work with partners, sportsmen, and outdoor recreationists to protect public lands for the wildlife that inhabits them and also for outdoor recreation for the public. Energy development in the west is a large area of concern and nwf and also works with energy companies to promote responsible energy development on public lands that addresses the potential impact on wildlife and their habitat. Some examples of success include: 1. We worked closely with the montana wildlife federation and other partners to achieve a stunning breakthrough for wild bison - returning 138 of these magnificent beasts to their historic range on assiniboine and sioux tribal lands on fort peck reservation in montana. 2. On may 21, 2014 president barack obama designated the organ mountains-desert peaks a national monument. The proclamation followed years of work by nwf, the new mexico wildlife federation, business owners, the public and local community leaders to protect the southern new mexico site that includes the quartz spires of the organ mountains, volcanic mountains and cliffs, box canyons, ancient rock carvings and historic ranching sites. The nearly half-million-acre area is home to a broad array of wildlife, including, mule deer, mountain lions, golden eagles and peregrine falcons.

healthy waters: nwf's focuses on regional efforts and leveraging existing relationships to address localized water issues. Nwf field offices sand affiliates regularly provide leadership and boots on the ground to support the efforts of coalitions dedicated to cleaning up america's waters. On the gulf coast, nwf is a voice for wildlife and a leader in gulf coast restoration after the bp oil spill. Through the texas living waters project, nwf works to ensure that texas has enough fresh water for people and wildlife, protecting coastal estuaries and groundwater. In the mississippi river delta, nwf's south central office is spearheading the gulf restoration efforts to curb wetlands loss and restore nature's first line of defense from hurricanes. In the great lakes, nwf's michigan office leads the healing our waters coalition that is working to modernize sewage treatment, clean-up polluted harbors, restore wetlands, and prevent unwanted, new species from invading the lakes. On the east coast, nwf's annapolis office leads the choose clean water initiative that addresses surface run off pollution affecting the chesapeake bay. Nationally, in february 2014, after years of persistent effort by tens of thousands of wildlife advocates and dozens of national wildlife federation affiliates, congress passed a new farm bill that provides huge wins for wildlife. The 2014 farm bill is a strong, conservation-friendly bill that supports healthy soil, clean water and abundant habitat for wildlife. It contains a substantial increase in funding to help farmers create wildlife habitat on working lands and important improvements for protecting our fragile native grasslands.

vibrant communities: the organization's education outreach and publication programs aim to reconnect children and adults with nature through programs such as: gardening for wildlife (encouraging schools, individuals, and communities to sustainably build and certify wildlife habitat), eco schools usa (pre-k-12 nature and environmental education programs), campus ecology and ecoleaders (young adult leadership and skills development), great american campout (encouraging individuals and communities to explore the great outdoors), national wildlife, ranger rick, and ranger rick jr. Publications (award winning magazines devoted to conservation and education). In fiscal year 14, nwf education programs reached nearly 7 million young people with high quality programming in conservation education, climate science, wildlife awareness, reading and nature play. Nwf is now in nearly 7,600 k-12 schools serving millions of students and 111,000 educators. This includes: 1. Adding 600 schools to the growing nwf eco-schools usa network -- eco-schools usa is part of the world's largest and most effective network of green schools. These are schools that devote their buildings, grounds and educational programming to environmental improvements and learning. Since 2009, nwf has been the official host and operator of the program in the u. S. In 2013 the number of participating schools increased from 2,600 to 3,100 (20% growth). Schools enrolled in the program saved $56 million in utility costs. 2. Adding 350 schools to our schoolyard wildlife habitat program -- schoolyard habitat program, now with 4,400 participating schools, is the largest school garden program in america. It supports school and educator efforts to develop wildlife and ecosystem education programs directly on the school grounds and provides children with opportunities to learn in outdoor classrooms. The program grew 9. 5% in 2013 3. 45% of the young people we now serve in our school programs are from racially diverse backgrounds -- nwf is a leader among national conservation organizations in reaching minorities and people of color through its programming. This is particularly true through our school programs due to focus on large urban school districts where american children are the most removed from nature. 4. Through nwf's trees for wildlife, children planted 20,000 trees at 100 locations -- the trees for wildlife program provides trees and educational programming to scout groups, schools groups and disaster-impacted communities. Since its inception, children have planted a total of 170,000 trees through the trees for wildlife program. 5. We helped 4 million kids get outdoors in nature on a regular basis - in late 2012, nwf announced its plan to have 10 million largely indoor-bound children to have regular time outdoors learning and playing in nature. Research shows that children who habitually stay indoors are less likely to care about wildlife and nature conservation as adults. We defined "regular time" as a weekly average of 90 minutes in natural spaces. By the end of 2013, we had achieved 3 million outdoor kids through our school and public agency programs. The schoolyard habitat program and the eco-schools usa program are particularly effective in helping students to spend time in natural setting learning about nature. These programs offer students and teacher the opportunity to create and use outdoor classrooms on schools grounds and encourage visits to local parks and nature centers. About one-half of the 3 million young people we helped reconnect with nature did so through these school-based programs. 6. We recruited 650 major urban and regional park agencies to help get kids outdoors. Most of these agencies provide field sports and indoor recreation centers as mainstays to their services. Nwf, working with the dedicated and enthusiastic support of the national recreation and park association, was fortunate to recruit 650 park and recreation agencies including: los angeles, chicago, baltimore, san francisco, st. Louis, washington d. C. And many others. 7. We signed up 10 new cities and towns for the nwf community wildlife habitat program -- nwf supports cities, counties and towns as they take steps to become local wildlife sanctuaries under our community wildlife habitat program. More than 120 locales, large and small (with a combined population of 10 million people in 25 states), have either certified or are working toward certification. A community undergoes a locally based effort to increase the number of certified backyard, schoolyard, and other habitats it has and to manage its lands and educate students and the public in ways that are supportive of habitat management and protection. 8. We helped certify 9,000 individual properties as habitats -- nwf's community habitat and garden for wildlife program and its habitat volunteers generate thousands of certifications each year. 9. We trained 1,000 habitat volunteers -- we recruit, train, and maintain a corps of habitat volunteers. Volunteers are essential to helping nwf achieve its habitat goals and obtaining 1,000 new backyard and schoolyard certifications each month. Nwf trains and deploys volunteers to help with its certified wildlife habitat programs. This includes communities, schoolyards, and backyards. These 2,000 volunteers contribute 60,000 hours per year and support hands on projects, holding tabling and communications events, giving talks to garden clubs and nature centers, helping educators, and advocating for wildlife friendly gardening and landscaping policies at the community level.

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The National Wildlife Federation has been around for 80 years and has evolved and changed throughout the decades. One constant it seems is the organization's commitment to conservation education. Their scientists and policy experts across the country inform decisions at the local, state, federal, and even international levels, and their community programs and Ranger Rick magazines help get people of all ages outdoors, enjoying and protecting wildlife and wild places.

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