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The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) protects and restores our nation’s wildlife and habitats. Established by Congress in 1984, the Foundation directs public conservation dollars to pressing environmental needs and matches those investments with private contributions.
As one of the largest conservation funders in the United States, NFWF supports hundreds of science-based, results-oriented projects that bring new solutions to the country’s biggest conservation challenges. Focal areas include birds, freshwater fish, marine and coastal ecosystems, wildlife and habitat. Working with federal, corporate and individual partners, NFWF has awarded more than 11,000 grants to 3,800 organizations and leveraged $529 million in federal funds into $1.8 billion for on-the-ground conservation.
On why we have supported WLT:
The Green River Basin of Wyoming covers an area of 15 million acres-approximately the size of Delaware, Massachusetts and New Hampshire combined. Forest, sagebrush, and riparian habitat in the valley provide some of the highest quality wildlife habitat in the West. The area supports the largest sage grouse population in the state, the second largest herd of mule deer, as well as populations of pronghorn and elk. Part of the pronghorn population that winters in the Green River Valley migrates in spring to Grand Teton National Park-the longest wildlife migration in the lower 48 states. Wintering grounds in the Valley for these species are critical. The migration of these pronghorn is threatened by land development, subdivision and fencing of key areas that the antelope move through, mortality along increasingly busy local roads and highways, and potential conflicts with expanding natural gas production infrastructure on their wintering range. The Foundation focuses its grant-making on work to improve fencing so that pronghorn and other animals can migrate more easily, efforts to reduce the effects of roads on wildlife, and protection of key parcels where subdivision and development will imperil the entire migration corridor. The WLT has played a critical role in working with local landowners to implement these key strategies.