National Wildlife Federation Celebrates 75 Years at Annual Meeting

State affiliates, youth leaders and Robert Redford take part in special anniversary event

04-19-2011 // Aislinn Maestas

Conservationists from around the country came together in Washington, DC last week for the National Wildlife Federation’s 75th Anniversary Annual Meeting.

Highlights from the week’s events include:

75th Anniversary Gala

Robert Redford and seven other National Conservation Achievement Award recipients, including Jayni Chase and Senator Richard G. Lugar, were honored at the National Wildlife Federation's 75th Anniversary Gala on April 13, 2011, in Washington, D.C. The event recognized individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to protecting wildlife through education, advocacy and on-the-ground conservation. 

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Young Leaders Assembly

The inaugural assembly consisted of more than 65 young environmental leaders from around the country who spent three days discussing ways to inspire and invigorate the environmental movement in the years ahead.

"Every great organization builds into it operation, the ability to renew itself. NWF, on the eve of our 75th anniversary has convened a group of young leaders who have already demonstrated a commitment to our environment," said John Hammond, NWF's Southeast Center Regional Executive Director, a key organizer of the event.

Workday for Wildlife Event at Patuxent Research Refuge and Trail Dedication

National Wildlife Federation staff, affiliates and volunteers spent a Saturday at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD, to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and USGS with three research projects, as well as install and dedicate the Ding Darling Conservation Heritage Trail.

Policy Resolutions

Delegates from National Wildlife Federation’s 47 state and territorial affiliate organizations passed two policy resolutions related to the Deepwater Horizon explosion, as well as four additional resolutions addressing important conservation issues.

One Gulf resolution supports the recommendations of the Mabus Report and its recommendations to restore the health and vitality of the Gulf Coast. Another resolution addressing offshore drilling calls for implementation of reforms proposed by the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

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