NWF 2010 Annual Report

Safeguarding Wildlife and People in a Warming World

2010 was a year of important progress for NWF in its efforts to safeguard nature for people and wildlife. All across the country, NWF worked with partners to launch or advance major conservation initiatives. In some places, this meant removing movement barriers for grizzly bears, wolves, and other terrestrial wildlife species, while in other places, we helped safeguard and restore threatened marine, coastal, and freshwater aquatic species and habitats. In addition, we paid special attention to protecting the people and wildlife of the Gulf of Mexico as the nation grappled with the worst oil spill in its history. NWF also focused on helping agencies and land trusts deal with the impacts of climate change on natural resources. Whether working on place-based campaigns, or advocating for strengthened conservation policies and funding at the national level, NWF remained dedicated to its core mission: ensuring that America’s threatened wildlife and wildlife habitats are conserved for future generations. Through our work to conserve critical habitat and safeguard wildlife from climate change impacts, NWF accomplished the following:

NWF mobilized members and partners across the country to encourage President Obama to include strong measures for protecting and restoring wildlife and wildlife habitats in his soon-to-bereleased America’s Great Outdoors Initiative. Specifically, NWF mobilized supporters to participate in a series of listening sessions focused on conservation and reconnecting Americans with the outdoors and issued a new report entitled America’s Great Outdoors: A Vision for Conserving the Nation’s Wildlife in the 21st Century.

NWF successfully supported the House Natural ResourcesCommittee’s provisions to improve the process of developing renewable energy on public lands in order to provide better environmental safeguards. We also helped ensure the passage of important wildlife sustainability standards for federal land managers.

We also partnered with Alaska-focused conservationorganizations in a successful advocacy effort that resulted in the Administration temporarily suspending five exploratory oil and gas leases in critical habitat for polar bears in the Arctic Outer Continental Shelf.

Partnering with Vermont Natural Resources Council, U.S. Forest Service, Vermont Agency Transportation and Vermont Department of Fish & Wildlife, NWF helped produce a revealing report entitled Enhancing Road Permeability for Wildlife in Vermont. This report focuses on how roads affect habitat and animal behavior and what can be done to create safer road crossings within core wildlife habitat.

NWF collaborated with America’s Longleaf and the Longleaf Alliance to create a report entitled Standing Tall: How Restoring the Longleaf Pine Can Help Prepare the Southeast for Global Warming. The report provides a road map for addressing the expected impact global warming will have on southern forests.

Through our Wildlife Conflict Resolution program, NWF successfully retired over 60,000 acres of livestock grazing allotments in the Yellowstone ecosystem. By removing these cattle, NWF helped ensure that the area will be available for grizzly bears, wolves, and a host of other wildlife.

We launched a new Renewable Energy and Wildlife Program to identify and advocate for policy that drives the successful installation of distributed and utilityscale wind and solar energy generation through smart, collaborative planning and processes to guide wildlifefriendly development and permitting decisions. This initiative will promote habitat-friendly renewable energy development by improving the coordination of national and regional efforts to better clarify the current Administration’s vision of a “smart-from-thestart”approach to renewable energy development.

Through our work to preserve and restore critical river, lake, and coastal habitat, NWF accomplished the following:

In conjunction with other conservation groups, NWF helped pass eight major environmental cleanup and restoration bills through the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee that specifically target Great Waters around the country, including the Great Lakes, Puget Sound, San Francisco Bay, Gulf of Mexico, Columbia River, and Chesapeake Bay. The Committee also passed a wastewater financing bill and a reauthorization of the national estuary program.

NWF highlighted the need for action to stop Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes. Through our education and advocacy on this invasive species, NWF helped obtain federal funding for fish barriers and helped promote a permanent separation of the Great Lakes from the Mississippi River basin.

NWF led the efforts to organize the sixth Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference hosted by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. The conference attracted 300 people throughout the Great Lakes region with NWF and partners charting a course for implementing the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, maintaining progress on Great Lakes restoration in the changing climate, and taking action on the threat of Asian Carp and other invasive species.

In partnership with the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NWF launched the Climate-Smart Restoration project to reduce the impacts of global warming on the Great Lakes and Chesapeake Bay regions. With this partnership, NWF is helping conservation organizations and local governments involved with NOAA’s coastal habitat restoration programs make their projects more effective in conserving fish, wildlife, and other natural resources by integrating climate change science in their work. NWF is also sharing the lessons it has learned with other habitat conservation groups around the country.

Through the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, NWF won $475 million in federal funding to support natural resource agencies’ implementation of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative—the on-theground initiative based on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Strategy.

NWF mobilized support in Mississippi to stop the costly Yazoo Pumps Project, which threatened wetlandresources in the state’s Delta region. We worked closely with our state affiliate, Mississippi Wildlife Federation, and other allies to gather testimonials and rally support for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) veto of the destructive project, which would have drained over 200,000 acres of wetlands.

NWF held the first annual Choose Clean Water conference in Washington, DC, bringing together 250 people to develop strategies for restoring the waters of the Mid-Atlantic region and the Chesapeake Bay. Due in part to advocacy from NWF and coalition partners, EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson used the conference as an opportunity to announce new regulations and increased funding to states in the Chesapeake region.

NWF protected over 200 acres of threatened wetlands that serve as essential habitat for the endangered wood stork in south Florida. Working in partnership with its state affiliate, Florida Wildlife Federation, and other conservation groups, NWF attorneys won a favorable litigation settlement concerning the proposed developments near Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary.

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