Restore & Recover

Innovative Collaboration

With one-third of all U.S. wildlife species at-risk or vulnerable to extinction, our wildlife is feeling the impacts of habitat loss, climate change, invasive species, and emerging diseases. The National Wildlife Federation has proven we can recover wildlife through successful long-term efforts to protect grizzly bears, bring back wild bison, secure safe habitat for bighorn sheep, restore beavers for watershed health, and fight for runs of wild salmon.

The National Wildlife Federation brings to its collaborations and negotiations the credibility earned through decades of commitment, achievement, and innovation.

Sarah Bates, SENIOR Director, West, North Rockies & Prairies Regional Center

The National Wildlife Federation’s success springs from innovative collaborations with ranchers, conservationists, landowners, agencies and other stakeholders. And, while we engage in many successful high-profile national advocacy campaigns, much of the hard work takes place behind-the-scenes in the halls of government at the local, state, Tribal and national levels—or in one-on-one conversations while working to modify livestock fences that allow wildlife passage or build beaver dam analogs to restore prairie streams.

The National Wildlife Federation brings to its collaborations and negotiations credibility earned through decades of commitment, achievement, and innovation.

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Mid adult Caucasian woman is teacher, leading group of private elementary school students during field trip at farm. Senior farmer is helping students in background. African American, Asian, and Hispanic elementary school students are digging in soil and are wearing private school uniforms.
American buffalo or bison grazing on the plains in Grand Teton national park with the mountain range behind.
Wildlife Conflict Resolution (Adopt a Wildlife Acre)

The National Wildlife Federation is completing the 20th year of its Wildlife Conflict Resolution Program, working with ranchers grazing on public land to protect wildlife including wolves, grizzly bears, bison, bighorn sheep, and native fisheries. In coordination with federal land managers, the National Wildlife Federation negotiates with livestock producers to retire livestock grazing allotments that experience chronic conflict. In situations where conflicts between livestock and wildlife are prolonged and intractable, the program provides an equitable solution for both wildlife and livestock interests.

Bighorn Sheep in center focus looking out in the distance
Momentum for Mayors’ Monarch Pledge

Today, nearly 90% of monarch butterflies have vanished in the eastern United States and an astonishing 99% in the western United States. To reverse this, along with other key species declines, nearly 5 million people now Garden for Wildlife™ through National Wildlife Federation-led programs. These include the Mayors’ Monarch Pledge, engaging communities in the monarch migration flyway. Mayors and heads of local and Tribal governments commit to community engagement and education, enact local policy changes to support monarch conservation, and create habitat for monarchs and other pollinators, providing hands-on opportunities for Americans to help pollinators, birds, and backyard mammals. In 2021, progress included new pledges from 329 leaders across North America, new pledge language and actions focusing on equity and culture, and a new online system with a map displaying new and past pledges.

Monarch butterfly standing on pink wild flower
Fencing for Wildlife

The National Wildlife Federation is leading a boots-on-the-ground effort to conserve wildlife migrations in southwest Montana and eastern Idaho by coordinating fence modification projects that help wildlife move safely across the landscape. Fences are a significant yet overlooked feature of our human footprint, and the National Wildlife Federation is a leader in combining scientific data with volunteer efforts to create wildlife-friendly fences in areas where they will have the biggest impacts. The Northern Rockies, Prairies and Pacific Regional Center’s Fencing for Wildlife program is a collaborative effort that brings together state wildlife agencies, public land agencies, landowners, conservation organizations, the outdoor retailer community, and the general public to create win-win solutions for wildlife and people.

Group of pronghorns in a field eating

WildlifeXing is a community-science program to more efficiently improve data collection and accuracy of wildlife counts on and nearby roads, using smartphone technology or online mapping. These community science observations help to inform strategies that improve wildlife movement and vehicle safety. Ultimately, this can lead to better recommendations for reducing wildlife-vehicle collisions and ensuring wildlife’s safe passage across highways. National Wildlife Federation partners with WildlifeXing through regional conservation and education staff to grow community awareness and engagement by working with local organizations to recruit and train volunteers through community workshops/presentations. In 2021, an interactive educational program for high school students began in high schools and communities in the Hi-Line region of Montana. The pilot program will provide a model for Montana and across the West.

Group of bighorn sheep running past a traffic sign