Advocating for Conservation Policies

NWF's legislative team is dedicated to preserving and building upon America's fundamental framework of conservation laws and policies.

Air, water and wildlife do not adhere to state boundaries so we work at the federal level and on the ground with you to achieve balanced, scientifically based protections for the nation's wildlife and ecosystems.

We strive to be your voice. Our lobbyists rely on your passion, your messages to Congress, your letters to the media, and your dedication to protecting wildlife. We work with Congress to ensure your priorities, the programs and policies that protect wildlife, habitat and our future generation of conservationists, are moving forward.

NWF's  National Legislative Agenda for the 113th Congress>>

Legislative Victories through the years>>

Our work includes...

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    Reconnecting Families with Nature

    We support legislation that fosters collaboration and strategy at the federal and state levels to reconnect children, youth and families with nature -including innovative solutions in public health, parks and recreation, transportation, environmental literacy and more.

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    Core Environmental Protections

    We work to ensure Congress maintains its historic support for the nation's core environmental and public health laws such as the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts, which have proven for 40 years to be effective tools in protecting public health, wildlife and the environment.

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    Confronting the Climate Crisis

    By 2050, 30% of the world's species will be on a path to extinction. Confronting the climate crisis requires steady efforts to reduce our carbon pollution and transition the country to cleaner, more secure sources of energy.

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    Funding for Conservation

    Congress must stop fiscally irresponsible programs that increase the national debt, harm wildlife, and destroy floodplains with taxpayer money.

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    Clean Energy for America's Future

    NWF believes Congress should work with the administration on large scale wind and solar projects to ensure clear written guidance for wildlife friendly siting and permittings processes both on land and offshore.

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    Helping Farmers Fight Climate and Conserve Wildlife

    NWF works with Congress to protect conservation programs and energy funding on farms and ranches in the Farm Bill.

  • Polar bear on cliff edge, Russkaya Arktika National Park
    Endangered Species

    We strive to support the Endangered Species Act as a safety net for the nation's wildlife while also addressing the harmful impacts of global warming on American's natural resources and imperiled wildlife.

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    Restore the Gulf Coast

    In the wake of the worst oil spill in U.S. history, NWF urges Congress to make restoration of the Gulf Coast a national priority and to hold BP accountable.

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    Protect America's Waters, Floodplains, & Coastal Habitats

    NWF supports substantial reforms to federal policies to better protect wildlife-rich floodplains and coastal areas so they may protectcoasts, cities and communities from flooding, storm surges and polluted waterways.

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