How NWF is Helping Wildlife Impacted by the BP Oil Spill

National Wildlife Federation staff, our Gulf state affiliates, our partners, and our amazing volunteers have been on the front lines since shortly after the Gulf oil disaster began, and we're still there--working for the recovery of Gulf wildlife, waters, and communities.



What We are Doing:

Larry Schweiger and Leilani Munter on-site

We believe strongly we have an obligation to aid Gulf wildlife recovery and ecosystem restoration, and prevent future dirty fuel disasters.

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Helping Wildlife Recover

National Wildlife Federation is actively working to provide species impacted by the oil spill and migratory species traveling to or through the Gulf Coast with clean, healthy habitat in which to recuperate and thrive.

As the focus in the Gulf shifts from wildlife rescue to restoration, the Gulf Coast Volunteers NWF originally organized to monitor the coast and report oiled wildlife have also completed a series of hands-on projects to restore and create new habitat, and improve native ecosystems.

To give the Gulf the best chance to heal, recovery and restoration efforts need adequate funding and to be guided by clear understanding of the spill’s impacts.

NWF is helping achieve this by:

  • Assessing the longer term impacts on wildlife species in the Gulf and keeping the public aware of new findings
  • Promoting independent scientific research and assessments, and
  • Fighting to ensure oil spill fines are invested in Gulf recovery

Restoring Gulf Ecosystems

Gulf wetlands

National Wildlife Federation has been in the Gulf region for many years, working to rebuild the rapidly disappearing coastal wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta – which we are currently losing at a rate roughly equivalent to a football field every 30 minutes.

NWF is working for: 

  • An established plan of action for large-scale ecosystem restoration in the Gulf

  • Long term funding for restoration work – including a fund established by BP for restoration and wildlife recovery

  • Reconnecting the Mississippi River with the marshes and wetlands, which will restore the vanishing coast and create a self sustaining ecosystem

  • Assisting local and regional organizations to increase their capacity for on-the-ground restoration work

Reforming Offshore Drilling Policy

Dispersed oil slick

Clean-up and restoration efforts are not enough – we need to ensure catastrophes like the BP Oil Spill don't happen again. America needs federal policies that minimize the risk of future oil spills and other drilling related disasters.

NWF is advocating for policies that:

  • Reform federal oil and gas leasing practices to improve safety monitoring, enforce environmental laws and better safeguard ecologically sensitive areas

  • Lift liability limits so the oil company responsible for the spill is held fully accountable for the impact costs

  • Give money from the sale of exploration leases in the Outer Continental Shelf to wildlife and environmental restoration efforts

  • Invest in research, development and training that creates more effective spill response: better containment and skimming methods, and less use of toxic dispersants

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