National Fish and Wildlife Foundation:
Partnering for the Future
Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) works within the public and private sectors to protect and restore the nation’s fish, wildlife, plants, and habitats. It matches public conservation dollars with private funds and applies them to the most pressing environmental needs. NFWF supports conservation efforts in all 50 states, using the best science to get results and investing in on-the-ground projects that show clear metrics for success.
The desire for measurable outcomes aligns with the Foundation’s grant-making approach, and the two foundations have collaborated on stream assessments in Pennsylvania and developed a habitat protection strategy for 11 focal geographies in western Pennsylvania. Five years ago, the partnership resulted in a clear set of ecological metrics that are now part of the Foundation’s conservation priorities. Through investments in NFWF and grants to some of the Foundation’s other traditional conservation partners, many of the environmental metrics detailed in the initial plan have been met
A $99,000 grant from the Foundation to NFWF in 2019 is supporting updates to the conservation investment plan that reflect new habitat and species data. The work to re-evaluate target species and landscapes aligns with the Foundation’s current strategic planning effort, providing a framework for cost-effective investments to protect and restore western Pennsylvania forest and freshwater habitats in the coming decade.