NFWF continued to expand its relationship with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the announcement of a new $50 million multi-year partnership to conserve and restore critical private land habitat within the Gulf of Mexico over the next five years. NFWF and NRCS also partnered to launch a targeted effort to improve water quality in Western Lake Erie. These new efforts build off of a longstanding effort to support private landowner outreach designed to achieve targeted species-specific outcomes. In total, NFWF has leveraged more than $61.2 million in NRCS funds into over $228 million in on-the-ground conservation. In FY 2014, NFWF supported 46 projects leveraging $3.4 million in NRCS funds into $21 million to support conservation on private working lands.