• USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
    NFWF continued to expand its relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the development of a Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund and the receipt of two Regional Conservation Partnership Program awards, one for the Chesapeake Bay and the other for the Delaware River watershed. These new programs build on the continuing partnerships that support longleaf pine restoration in the Southeast, Great Lakes, and the Upper Mississippi River. In total, NFWF has leveraged more than $66 million in NRCS funds into over $255 million in on-the-ground conservation. In fiscal year 2015, NFWF supported 52 projects leveraging $4.9 million in NRCS funds into $27 million to support conservation on private working lands.