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National Fish and Wildlife Foundation — Conservation for today and tomorrow

Chartered by Congress in 1984, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation protects and restores the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats — funding conservation projects across the U.S.

April 19, 2018

Viewpoints’ invites guest authors from outside of Wells Fargo to share an important perspective related to their work. Today, we welcome Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.


The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation works to sustain, restore, and enhance the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. We do this through innovative, public-private partnerships and by investing financial resources and intellectual capital into science-based programs designed to address conservation priorities.

Jeff Trandahl is executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
Jeff Trandahl is the executive director and CEO of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

We focus on bringing all parties to the table for conservation — from government agencies and corporations to private landowners, nonprofit organizations, ranchers, farmers, volunteers, hunters, and anglers.

As executive director and CEO of NFWF, it is truly inspiring to see how the foundation’s innovative, public-private partnerships generate real results across the country every day.

In 2017 alone, NFWF funded more than 730 conservation projects across the U.S., generating more than $693 million in conservation impact. The year’s strong performance pushed the foundation’s cumulative conservation impact to more than $4.8 billion since its founding in 1984.

Conservation efforts from coast to coast

All across the country, NFWF works with an expansive network of conservation professionals and natural resource managers to meet some of the most pressing conservation challenges — including the spread of white-nose disease among bats, the dramatic decline in populations of monarch butterflies and other pollinators, and the steady decline of shorebird species.

In the Great Plains and Northern Rockies, we work with ranchers and private landowners to make sure pronghorn, elk, and mule deer can complete epic yearly migrations.

In Florida and along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, we work with conservation nonprofits to eliminate light pollution so nesting sea turtles and their newborn hatchlings can find their way to the sea at night.

In the Pacific Northwest, we work with scientists to develop advanced techniques to study and improve conditions for endangered Southern Resident killer whales, along with the salmon they need to survive.

In the great watersheds of the Chesapeake Bay and Great Lakes, we work with farmers and local communities to address storm water runoff so that striped bass, trout, and sturgeon have cleaner waterways in which to live and spawn.

In the stately longleaf pine forests of the Southeast, we work with timber operators, land-owning families and military installations to preserve and enhance these complex and fire-dependent forests for such iconic creatures as the red-cockaded woodpecker, gopher tortoise, and eastern indigo snake.

In California, we work with state and federal agencies to help some of the country’s most majestic forests rebound from devastating wildfires.

In the Northeast, NFWF works with power companies and other partners to restore and support populations of New England cottontails, river herring, golden-winged warblers, and American woodcock.

How we do it

Working on a voluntary basis with private landowners and public land stewards, NFWF implements conservation programs on a national scale that support vital habitats, while at the same time creating increased economic opportunity for local communities and improving access to outdoor recreation for all Americans.

We also work with civic-minded corporations such as Wells Fargo, allowing the foundation to invest in projects that enhance habitats and bolster wildlife populations while also helping communities prepare for and respond to changes in water quality and quantity, land use patterns, and environmental conditions.

Since 2012, Wells Fargo and the NFWF have worked together across the country to generate measurable results for wildlife, engage people in conservation, and make communities more resilient to natural and man-made disasters.

Through our new Resilient Communities program, which is supported by a four-year, $10 million commitment from Wells Fargo, NFWF helps communities enjoy the immediate benefits to their quality of life while at the same time conserving natural resources for future generations.

All of us at here at NFWF are thankful for the commitment and vision of Wells Fargo and our many other partners, and we join with them in celebrating Earth Day on April 22.

Together, we can move the needle for conservation and build a better future for communities across the nation.

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