2010 Annual Report


2010 Federal Partners

As directed by our Congressional charter, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works closely with U.S. government agencies to maximize conservation results. These partners advanced our shared efforts in 2010.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

When Congress established the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation in 1984, the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) became the Foundation’s first federal partner. Today, FWS continues to work with NFWF to forge new initiatives that bring conservation organizations, governments, businesses and individuals together to generate new resources for conservation. From 1986 to 2010, the Foundation leveraged $175 million in FWS-appropriated funds to support more than 4,170 grants to 1,800 conservation partners, resulting in more than $682 million in projects that benefit conservation in all 50 states, the U.S. territories and around the globe.

In FY2010, the Foundation leveraged $8 million in FWS funds into approximately $34 million for on-the-ground conservation. FWS funds support targeted conservation efforts focusing on at-risk species, habitat enhancement and community-based stewardship. The partnership seeks to increase populations of targeted species through the restoration of landscape-level habitats. Areas of focus include shortgrass prairie, sagebrush steppe, longleaf pine, early successional forest, estuary and Pacific salmon ecosystems.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the Foundation have a longstanding partnership to sustain, restore and enhance marine and coastal habitats, as well as to increase populations of imperiled marine species. Working closely with the agency, the Foundation has leveraged more than $59 million in NOAA funding to produce more than $172 million for on-the-ground and in-the-water conservation.

In FY2010, the Foundation awarded $3.2 million in NOAA funds to projects focused on coral reefs, sea turtles, marine debris removal, marine protected areas and California coastal conservation. While some of these projects did not require matching funds, the Foundation’s partners leveraged the NOAA funds with an an additional $2.8 million for marine conservation. In addition, a new partnership was launched in FY2010 which will focus on the development of sustainable fisheries by working proactively with the local fishing community.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

The Foundation’s partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) supports innovative, large-scale nutrient and sediment reduction efforts, as well as community-based watershed restoration. Since 1998, Foundation grant programs sponsored by the agency have awarded approximately 1,300 grants, leveraging $61 million in EPA funds into more than $185 million for restoration projects to benefit our nation’s water quality. For FY2010, the Foundation leveraged $16.5 million in EPA funds into more than $45 million through the Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund, the Sustain Our Great Lakes program (in partnership with FWS), the Long Island Sound Futures Fund and the Five-Star Restoration program.

Bureau of Reclamation

NFWF worked with the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation throughout FY2010 on the initial phase of the Walker Basin Restoration Program, a watershed-scale initiative to restore and maintain Nevada’s Walker Lake, an at-risk, natural desert terminal lake. The Foundation focused on increasing water flows into Walker Lake primarily through the acquisition of water rights from willing sellers, with concurrent development of grant programs in the areas of water leasing, water conservation, land stewardship, decision support and associated research. The Foundation is also working with the University of Nevada-Reno, the Walker River Irrigation District, the Walker River Paiute Tribe, state agencies, local governments, farmers and ranchers, and others in the community to implement the program.

Bonneville Power Administration

In partnership with the Bonneville Power Administration, the Foundation supports an innovative, grassroots, incentive-based initiative to improve river and stream flows for imperiled fish. The Columbia Basin Water Transaction Program is the first regional effort in the U.S. to enhance flows in tributaries compromised by legal water diversions. Agency, tribal and nonprofit partners in Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Montana worked to secure flows through 131 transactions in FY2010. These flows restored more than 96,600 acre-feet instream to boost high-priority, fish-bearing habitat for communities across the region. This is the most flow secured in-stream to date.

USDA Forest Service

For more than 20 years, the Foundation and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service (FS) have worked together to conserve forested lands through stewardship and watershed restoration programs. Through this relationship, the Foundation has grown $33 million in FS-appropriated funds into more than $158 million to benefit forest species and ecosystems. In FY2010, the Foundation awarded $2.8 million in FS-appropriated funds, which were leveraged into $13.5 million for projects throughout the country. One of the primary goals of the partnership is to improve watershed health through the restoration of forest ecosystems. To achieve that goal, the Foundation focused on meadow restoration in California and forest restoration in the Klamath Basin, the Upper Mississippi River, the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay watersheds. Other projects directly benefit species such as Gunnison sage grouse, Eastern brook trout and early successional migratory songbirds.

Bureau of Land Management

The Foundation and the Department of the Interior Bureau of Land Management (BLM) have partnered for 19 years to support conservation efforts on or benefiting the nation’s critical federal rangeland ecosystems. During that time, the Foundation has leveraged $39 million in BLM- appropriated funds into more than $156 million to support habitat restoration and species recovery activities. In FY2010, the Foundation leveraged $2.7 million in BLM funds into more than $11 million for conservation projects focused on native fish habitat restoration, migratory corridors, lesser prairie-chicken recovery and the conservation of key desert habitats. In FY2010, the Foundation, BLM and other agency stake­holders entered into an agreement to support conservation activities designed to mitigate renewable energy projects taking place in Southern California.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service

The Foundation has a long-standing relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). In FY2010, it entered into new partnerships with NRCS focused on developing a water transaction framework for Northern California and on restoring coral reefs through upstream land management in Puerto Rico. At the close of the fiscal year, the Foundation and NRCS agreed to enter into a joint program to increase on-the-ground technical assistance capacity to promote conservation on private lands. This program will support innovative public-private partnerships and assist declining wildlife populations in priority ecosystems.

In 2010, the Foundation also worked with the following agencies:

Army Corps of Engineers
Department of Justice
Marine Mammal Commission
National Park Service
U.S. Coast Guard
USDA Animal Plant Health Inspection Service

2010 Corporate Partners

Philanthropic support from corporations enables the Foundation to build on its federal and private contributions, increasing the resources available for conservation. We salute these firms for their generous commitment.


Through its partnership with NFWF, Altria is helping to protect and restore the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays. Altria supports improved water quality by investing in effective conservation and restoration practices, and by accelerating implementation of the most innovative, sustainable, and cost-effective strategies.

Anheuser-Busch / Budweiser

For nearly 20 years, Anheuser-Busch has partnered with NFWF to fund programs that restore wildlife habitat, improve public access and conserve the nation’s outdoor heritage. Its Help Budweiser Help the Outdoors program has protected critical wildlife habitat in North and South Dakota, the Rocky Mountains, and eastern, southeastern and southwestern U.S.


The Sustain Our Great Lakes program, sponsored by ArcelorMittal, supports collaborative approaches to restoration of wetlands and other critical fish and wildlife habitat. In addition to restoring streams, wetlands, shoreline and upland habitat in the Great Lakes region, it has trained and educated more than 6,500 students, teachers, volunteers, and residents.

Bank of America

Bank of America offers a National Fish and Wildlife Foundation affinity credit card. Every purchase made with the card helps NFWF carry out its mission of sustaining, restoring and enhancing the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats.

Bass Pro Shops

Bass Pro Shops and the Johnny Morris Foundation support the More Fish Campaign, which promotes fish habitat protection, enhancement, and restoration projects nationally. It focuses on engaging agencies, anglers, and other conservation groups at Table Rock Lake and the White River watershed in Arkansas and Missouri.

Bed Bath & Beyond

At Bed Bath & Beyond stores nationwide, $1 from the sale of each reusable shopping bag is donated to NFWF to support marine and coastal programs across the country. Proceeds support the restoration of water quality in the Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound and the protection of sea turtles and seabirds from harmful marine debris.


In 2010, BP joined with NFWF to establish the Recovered Oil Fund for Wildlife, a program to support species imperiled by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The fund was made possible with proceeds from BP’s share of net revenue from oil recovered from the Deepwater Horizon site. BP Alaska has provided support for vital research on Beaufort Sea polar bears. BP has also helped to establish the Alaska Sea Duck Fund to monitor imperiled sea duck populations, with an emphasis on eiders.


Chevron Alaska’s partnership with NFWF supports ongoing photo-identification of the Cook Inlet beluga whales, which helps to identify individual whales and obtain accurate population estimates. This data helps NOAA and other partners develop recovery plans for this endangered species.


ConocoPhillips and NFWF have worked together for more than 17 years. The ConocoPhillips SPIRIT of Conservation Migratory Bird Program, launched in 2005, conserves threatened birds and their habitats around the world. It has provided funding for 39 projects in 10 states and five countries, protecting or enhancing more than 84,000 acres of priority bird habitat. Conoco­Phillips in Alaska has partnered with NFWF since 2003 to support polar bear research and Cook Inlet beluga whale conservation projects.


Covanta Energy, NFWF, NOAA and Schnitzer Steel Industries, Inc. provide a no-cost way for fishermen to dispose of old, derelict or unusable fishing gear through the Fishing for Energy program. The program works with state and local agencies, community and industry groups and local ports to collect and recycle gear. Remaining waste is converted into clean, renewable electricity for local communities. More than 500 tons of marine debris have been collected to date.


Since 1995, ExxonMobil has invested in the Save the Tiger Fund’s vision for tiger conservation. The Fund (www.savethetigerfund.org) represents one of the largest corporate commitments ever to save an endangered species. It supports protection and restoration of tiger habitats, tiger conservation education programs, efforts to curtail poaching and illegal trade of tiger parts, and mediation of human-tiger conflicts.


Through EarthSmart Outreach, FedEx works with NFWF in 12 U.S. cities to fund urban conservation projects. With FedEx team member engagement, the projects restore watersheds, improve air quality, encourage environmental stewardship, and foster community environmental education. During 2010, FedEx also assisted NFWF in the transfer of 25,000 endangered sea turtle eggs after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

PG&E Corporation

Since 1999, PG&E has partnered with NFWF on the Nature Restoration Trust: Empowering Communities program, which supports habitat restoration within PG&E’s service districts in California. PG&E and NFWF empower local communities to care for native habitats and species and engage youth in hands-on restoration.

Shell Oil Company

The Shell Marine Habitat Program funds conservation projects that benefit marine and coastal habitats and species in the Gulf of Mexico, Long Island Sound and Alaska. The program has led the remarkable recovery of the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle along the Texas coast. Shell also helped NFWF establish the Shell Polar Bear Fund.

Southern Company

Southern Company’s Power of Flight Bird Conservation Fund protects birds through habitat and species restoration and environmental education. Its Longleaf Legacy Program helps to restore and conserve the longleaf pine ecosystem and sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide. Southern Company also partners with NFWF and EPA in the Five Star Restoration Grant Program, which supports community-based wetland, riparian, and coastal habitat restoration.


NFWF and Syngenta’s Operation Pollinator™ brings together university researchers, government agencies, and nongovernmental organizations to help growers in California, Florida and Michigan establish on-farm bee habitats by planting low-cost, nectar-rich seed mixtures.


Walmart and NFWF created Acres for America in 2005 to conserve vital open lands for future generations. With a commitment to permanently conserve at least one acre of priority wildlife habitat for every acre developed for the company’s facilities, the partnership has already far surpassed Walmart’s initial goal; 19 projects covering 629,000 acres have been funded in 15 states. In 2010, Walmart allocated funds from the Acres program to support NFWF projects for wildlife affected by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

To learn more about NFWF corporate partnerships, contact Joe Bond, Director of Corporate Relations, at 202-595-2452 or joe.bond@nfwf.org.