Conservation Policy

The National Wildlife Federation 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 to achieve balanced, scientifically based protections for the nation's wildlife and ecosystems.

We strive to be a voice for all Americans interested in a better future for wildlife. 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, and the programs and policies that protect wildlife, habitat, and our future generation of conservationists are moving forward. Take a look at some of the policies that are included in our work.

Recovering America's Widllife

Unless our nation makes a change in the way we fund conservation, the numbers of species on the brink of extinction will grow significantly. The Recovering America’s Wildlife Act will help wildlife at risk before they need the more costly and restrictive “emergency room” measures required by the Endangered Species Act.

Core Environmental Protections

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

Confronting the Climate Crisis

By 2050, 30 percent 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.

Helping Farmers Fight Climate Change and Conserve Wildlife

The National Wildlife Federation works with Congress to protect conservation programs and energy funding on farms and ranches in the Farm Bill.

Saving 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 climate change on American's natural resources and imperiled wildlife.

Migratory Bird Treaty Act

Signed into law in 1918, it is one of the United States’ oldest and most important wildlife conservation laws. The law is a sensible but strong act that currently provides protections for over 1,000 species.

Clean Energy for America's Future

The National Wildlife Federation believes Congress should work with the administration on large-scale wind and solar projects to ensure clear written guidance for wildlife-friendly siting and permitting processes both on land and offshore.

Restoring the Gulf Coast

We have staff in all five states working to make sure that the billions in penalties from the Deepwater Horizon disaster are spent wisely to restore the Gulf of Mexico for wildlife.

Protecting America's Waters, Floodplains, and Coastal Habitats

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

Reconnecting Families with Nature

The National Wildlife Federation supports 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.

Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. We're on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 52 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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