U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
NFWF was established by Congress in 1984 to support the mission of the U.S. Department of the Interior’s U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to conserve fish, wildlife and plant species. Since that time, NFWF and FWS have worked together to foster innovative partnerships with corporations, foundations, other federal agencies, and nonprofit organizations to generate new resources for conservation. From 1986 to 2015, NFWF leveraged $204.5 million in FWS appropriated funds into more than $832 million to support nearly 4,675 grants to nearly 2,000 conservation partners in all 50 states, the U.S. territories, and targeted international locations.
In fiscal year 2015, NFWF awarded $7 million in FWS appropriated funds. Our partners are leveraging these funds into $33 million to finance 110 projects benefiting our nation’s fish and wildlife resources. The FWS funds support strategic conservation efforts focusing on at-risk species, habitat enhancement, and community-based stewardship. The partnership seeks to increase populations of targeted species by promoting the restoration of landscape-level habitat. Focal areas include early successional forests, Southeast aquatic ecosystems, Atlantic shorebird habitat, Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, Northern Great Plains, and the Klamath Basin in the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, NFWF and FWS created a new Monarch Butterfly Conservation Fund program and continued to support efforts towards Mexican Wolf recovery and New England cottontail conservation.