Conservation Policy

National Wildlife Federation works to defend, strengthen, fund, and implement legislation that protects wildlife and benefits endangered species. We are driven by the firm belief that saving America's wildlife strengthens the fabric of our democracy and increases prosperity for future generations.

In pursuit of our mission and our goal to ensure we protect our outdoor heritage for future generations, we have worked diligently to bring everyday people and political leaders together to find solutions that will help conserve wildlife and make communities stronger. - Jill Feldhusen, Manager of Wildlife Policy, National Wildlife Federation

Legislative Victories Through the Years

Under the leadership of our first president, J.N. “Ding” Darling, the Federation’s priority was passing the 1937 Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, a cornerstone of the revered North American model of wildlife conservation. This victory launched the recovery of dozens of bird and mammal species and propelled our continued work with countless partners to conserve and protect our nation’s precious natural resources.

Visit our Legislative Victories timeline to learn about the laws protecting our wildlife, lands, and waters that we have helped secure over the past century.

A Focus on Conservation Funding

We are committed to securing fair funding through federal budget appropriations, clean energy and climate legislation, energy leases, and other sources to maintain healthy wildlife populations, recover endangered species, and restore impaired ecosystems.

Learn more about our work to secure funds for conservation.

Advocating for Strong Climate Policy

National Wildlife Federation advocates across the country for legislation that will stop carbon pollution and protect America's communities and wildlife from the climate crisis. Our top priority is the passage of federal legislation that:

Sporting Issues

For decades, we have been the driving force behind many of our nation’s most critical pieces of conservation legislation that support the ability to hunt and fish. Our Outdoors team is currently focused on several priority issues affecting hunters and anglers, including Recovering America's Wildlife Act, the Farm Bill, sage-grouse conservation, chronic wasting disease, and more.

Learn more about our approach to Outdoors Conservation and Policy.

Past National Policy Agendas

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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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Regional Centers and Affiliates