NFWF began its relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in 1996. Since that time, NFWF has leveraged more than $57.8 million in NRCS funds into over $207.5 million for on-the-ground conservation. Recently, NFWF expanded its partnership with NRCS to support on-the-ground ecological capacity associated with targeted private land ecosystems where species specific outcomes can be achieved. Funding was targeted to NRCS's Working Lands for Wildlife landscapes as well as to longleaf pine, Chesapeake Bay and the Great Lakes. In FY 2013, NFWF supported 72 projects leveraging $7.8 million in NRCS funds into $32.5 million to support conservation on private working lands.