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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
|Purpose||Conservation of fish, wildlife and their habitats.|
|Headquarters||1133 Fifteenth St., N.W., Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005
|Board of Directors|
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) is an American government-backed agency for sustaining fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats.
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation is dedicated to sustaining, restoring and enhancing the nation's fish, wildlife, plants and habitats for current and future generations. NFWF will advance its mission through innovative public and private partnerships, and by investing financial resources and intellectual capital into science-based programs designed to address conservation priorities and achieve measurable outcomes.
In the 32 years since being chartered by Congress, NFWF has grown to become the country's largest conservation grant-maker. NFWF-funded projects — more than 15,000 since its founding in 1984 — have generated a cumulative conservation impact of more than $3.5 billion.
NFWF neither advocates nor litigates. Instead, the Foundation specializes in bringing all parties to the table — individuals, government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations — to build a better future for our world.
NFWF uses federal funding, more than $950 million since its establishment, as a springboard to leverage additional contributions from Fortune 500 corporations, foundations and other sources. On average, NFWF triples the value of every public dollar it receives. The Foundation puts that money to work using smart, science-based strategies to achieve measurable results. NFWF funds conservation efforts in all 50 states and U.S. territories, awarding grants to some of the nation's largest conservation organizations, as well as some of its smallest.
The Foundation's efforts focus on five conservation priorities: (1) restore and protect imperiled species, (2) promote healthy oceans and estuaries, (3) improve working landscapes to the benefit of landowners and wildlife, (4) advance sustainable fisheries and (5) restore water for wildlife in balance with community needs.
NFWF's operations are structured to be as lean as possible, with just 6 percent of its budget going to administrative costs. The Foundation invests 94 cents of every dollar in priority actions to sustain plants, animals and habitats across the United States and beyond.
As part of its Congressional charter, NFWF also serves as a neutral, third-party fiduciary to receive, manage and disburse funds that originate from court orders, settlements of legal cases, regulatory permits, licenses, and restoration and mitigation plans. The funds are managed under NFWF's Impact-Directed Environmental Account (IDEA) program. NFWF works with federal agencies, regional, state and local organizations, corporations and philanthropic institutions to apply these funds to conservation projects.
NFWF is a public charity under the IRS tax code and treated as a private corporation established under Federal law. Under the terms of its enabling legislation, NFWF is required to report its proceedings and activities annually to Congress.
NFWF is governed by a 30-member board of directors approved by the Secretary of the Interior and including the heads of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA. John V. Faraci Jr is currently serving as Chairman of the Board.
Jeff Trandahl has been NFWF's CEO and Executive Director since 2005. Previously, Trandahl served as the thirty-second Clerk of the United States House of Representatives. Other members of the leadership include Lila Helms (Executive Vice President, External Affairs), Holly Bamford (Chief Conservation Officer), Tokunbo Falayi (Chief Financial Officer), and Daniel Strodel (General Counsel).
Thomas Kelsch (Senior Vice President, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund)
Timothy DiCintio (Senior Vice President, Impact-Directed Environmental Accounts)
Anthony Chatwin, Ph.D. (Vice President, Science and Evaluation)
Greg Knadle (Vice President, Government Relations)
Eric Schwaab (Vice President, Conservation Programs)
Ian Davidson (Bird and Wildlife Conservation)
David Lawrence, Ph.D. (Aquatic Conservation)
Regional Office Directors
Amanda Bassow (Director, Northeastern Regional Office)
Jonathan Birdsong (Director, Western Regional Office)
Todd Hogrefe (Director, Central Regional Office)
Jay Jensen (Director, Southern Regional Office)
Chris West (Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Office)
On the Gulf Coast
NFWF has been involved in conservation issues on the Gulf Coast of the United States for more than two decades. Prior to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion at a BP drilling platform, NFWF supported approximately 450 projects in the Gulf of Mexico with an estimated total value of $128 million. Between July 2010 and February 2012, NFWF administered $22.9 million under the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife and other funding sources to bolster the populations of Gulf species affected by the spill and develop conservation strategies to protect fish, wildlife and their habitats.
In the days immediately following the explosion, NFWF organized government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations to identify the needs of the most imperiled wildlife and to develop effective responses. The priority focus was the species most at risk – sea turtles, shorebirds, water birds and migratory waterfowl – and the immediate actions needed to reduce losses. The explosion, which eventually released an estimated five million barrels of crude oil into the Gulf waters, occurred only weeks before the sea turtle nesting season and just prior to the seasonal migration of approximately one billion birds.
Following the crisis, NFWF collaborated with government agencies, non-profit organizations and corporations to develop a series of longer-term conservation strategies designed to ensure healthy populations of fish and wildlife in the Gulf. NFWF worked with farmers and other private landowners to create quality foraging sites for waterfowl, water birds and shorebirds inland from the Gulf danger zones and to increase survival rates by providing sufficient food and resting areas. NFWF also funded efforts to protect and restore critical nesting habitat, while increasing capacity on the Gulf Coast to manage important bird conservation areas. These projects enhanced more than 500,000 acres of habitat for migratory birds.
NFWF also worked with government agencies and FedEx Corporation to rescue approximately 25,000 sea turtle eggs from contamination in oiled waters. The eggs were dug out of their nests on the western shores of Florida and FedEx trucked overland to the state's unaffected eastern beaches. After incubation, the new hatchlings were released into the Atlantic Ocean. NFWF is working with other partners to increase nesting success on other Florida beaches, where 90 percent of all U.S. sea turtle nesting occurs. It has also funded efforts to reduce the mortality of juvenile and adult sea turtles at sea.
Other NFWF Gulf projects include promoting sustainable commercial and recreational fisheries and restoring oyster reefs to assist in providing crucial habitat and safeguard coastal communities.
The NFWF, through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, provided the bulk of funding for the purchase of Powderhorn Ranch. The 15,000 acres (6,100 ha) will be administered by the Wildlife Division of the Texas Parks and Wildlife as the newest Wildlife Management Area.
The Foundation publishes both an annual report and a conservation investments report every year. The annual report includes success stories from the previous fiscal year, as well as a financial summary, list of corporate partners, federal partners, donors, board members and staff. The conservation investments report is a list of the grants that NFWF has awarded during the previous fiscal year.
- "National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act". www.fws.gov. Retrieved 2016-08-24.
- Powderhorn Ranch Becomes Texas’ Newest Wildlife Management Area (Friends of the Wild Whoopers October 27, 2018)-Retrieved 2019-02-17
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