• 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. 

    In fiscal year 2016, NFWF awarded $11.8 million in U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) funds that was leveraged into more than $44 million through 172 projects benefiting our nation’s fish and wildlife resources. Many of the programs focused on large landscapes including northeast forests, southeast aquatic ecosystems, Great Lakes, Northern Great Plains, Klamath Basin and Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. Other programs focus on specific species recovery actions, including those benefiting Atlantic shorebirds, monarch butterflies, sea turtles, and Pacific seabirds. Support also was provided to FWS Refuge Friends organization to develop local capacity and to support projects in urban environments. In addition, a new Bats for the Future Fund was announced in late 2016 to slow the spread of white-nose syndrome and support bat conservation activities across the United States.