2010 Annual Report

Coral reefs, mountain meadows, estuaries, grass­lands, high desert and coastal lakeplain — these varied geographies provide refuge for thousands of species, all uniquely adapted to their habitats. Man-made changes to the ecosystem, including the increased fragmentation of open land, pose threats to the health of fish, plants and wildlife. Click on the dots to learn more about the conservation actions NFWF supported in 2010.

Great Lakes: NFWF’s Sustain Our Great Lakes program supports habitat restoration, protection and enhancement as well as invasive species control, water quality improvements and watershed planning. In the last five years, it has awarded 103 grants for conservation.

Northeast: Since 2005, NFWF has invested in 167 local projects to protect and restore Long Island Sound, including habitat restoration, dam removal, green infrastructure and more. Conservation actions for river herring and programs supporting the collection of tons of marine debris are ongoing. From Maine to Florida, NFWF is working with commercial fishermen and fishery managers on a range of projects to reduce accidental bycatch and protect marine species.

Mid-Atlantic: NFWF’s investments are accelerating the restoration of water quality and vital habitats in the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays and their tributaries. For example, NFWF grants are helping farmers to improve stewardship of their lands, which contributes to restoration efforts for Eastern brook trout.

Southeast: NFWF has supported nearly 100 projects throughout the Southeast for the restoration of longleaf pine forests and other critical habitats, as well as avian research and conservation. These actions benefit species in Georgia, Alabama, northwestern Florida and southeastern Mississippi, including endangered whooping cranes, red cockaded woodpeckers and American oystercatchers.

Gulf of Mexico: Existing programs to support migrating birds and endangered sea turtles were quickly expanded in response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. With ongoing assistance from corporate partners, NFWF’s work on the ground continues in the spill zone and beyond.

Intermountain West and Great Plains: NFWF is protecting essential migration corridors for prong­horn and other large mammals through conservation projects supported by the Acres for America program. Preservation of native grass­lands is also a priority. Bolstering populations of native trout species throughout the West remains the focus of NFWF’s Bring Back the Natives and other fisheries programs.

Southwestern Deserts: Through its IDEA program, NFWF manages conservation funds to protect imperiled desert species and their habitats. In the Sky Islands of Arizona and New Mexico, NFWF investments are restoring critical grasslands in a biodiversity "hot spot."

Western Mountains: By acquiring water rights from willing farmers, NFWF has begun the process of restoring Walker Lake, a rare desert oasis where several species are at risk. Restoration of wet meadows in the Sierra Nevada Mountains maintains critical stream flow and enhances habitat for many fish and wildlife species.

Pacific Northwest: Restoration of salmon and freshwater fish populations is the focus of NFWF’s Community Salmon Fund and Columbia Basin program. Projects include increasing tributary flows, restoring stream habitat and repairing fish passages.

Alaska & Hawaii: Conservation of species such as polar bears and salmon, as well as their habitats, is made possible through 20 projects funded by NFWF’s Alaska Fish and Wildlife Fund. In Hawaii, NFWF conservation programs are supporting the recovery of highly endangered birds.

Overseas: Internationally, NFWF’s programs range from coral reef conservation in the Caribbean and South Pacific to rhinoceros relocation in Africa and the Save the Tiger Fund in Asia.