Conservation Success Stories of 2014

Posted from National Wildlife Federation, 11100 Wildlife Center Drive, Reston, VA 20190-5362 – www.nwf.org

Your support has made a big difference for America’s at-risk wildlife and wild places! Here are just a few of the many victories YOU helped make possible in 2014.

Adopting Thousands of Acres

When grazing allotments on federal lands are retired it creates an incredible opportunity for wildlife.  Since 2003 support from NWF donors has helped secure more than 685,000 acres of former livestock grazing land as permanent wildlife areas.  This year we celebrated two significant grazing land retirements on the border of Montana and Idaho – both providing key habitat for bighorn sheep by removing domestic sheep, which often transmit fatal diseases to bighorns when they use the same areas.

Restoring the Great Marsh

The Great Marsh in coastal New England is an extraordinary wild place which provides crucial habitat for fish, turtles, waterfowl and many other species.  but decades of neglect and degradation have left the marsh and nearby communities vulnerable to extreme weather and other threats.  This year NWF launched a new recovery effort here which will restore and conserve vital habitat, while making communities more resilent to climate impacts.

Protecting the Columbia River

Efforts to expand the export of coal from the United States to foreign countries are placing wildlife habitates at risk from Appalachia to the Pacific. This year you helped NWF block a major coal export project which would have exported more than 100 million metric tons of coal each year, by road and rail, right through important wildlife habitats for orcas, salmon and other wildlife species.

Connecting Young People to Nature

Throughout the nation, NWF is helping kids experience the outdoors and become future stewards of the planet.  Over the past 12 months, through our Eco-Schools USA and Schoolyard Habitats programs, NWF has helped 2.5 million kids spend regular time outside.  These kids are participating in outdoor activities that create wildlife habitats in their schools and communities – bringing people closer to nature, and nature closer to people, for the benefit of both.

Welcoming a New National Monument

For years NWF has worked with communities, ranchers, business owners and our state affiliate in support of a new national monument in New Mexico-an area rich in history, culture and amazing wildlife such as pronghorn, mountain lions, golden eagles and peregrine falcons .  This year our efforts came to fruition when 496,000 acres of mountains, cliffs and canyons in the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks was designated by the President as a new national monument!

These Four [4] Species Need Your Help Today!

Bison

Bison are at home on the American range.  These shaggy, magnificent creatures once roamed freely over the Great Plains of the United States, in numbers that may have exceeded 25 million.  Today, only three free-roaming bison herds remain in the United Sates on public lands.

That’s why NWF remains committed to bringing bison-as well as other animals like bighorn sheep and pronghorn-back to their rightful prairie habitats, such as on the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge and on tribal lands like the Fort Peck, Fort Belknap and Wind River Reservations.  With your support, we’re working to give bison and other wildlife ample room not just to roam, but also to thrive.

Polar Bears

Polar bears are at urgent risk from the effects of climate change.  Some are being forced to endure 400-mile marathon swims just to find sea ice to hunt from for food.  Many polar bears, including cubs, can’t survive the long journey as they become exhausted and drown along the way.

Scientists predict that all of Alaska’s polar bears could disappear in less than 40 years as sea ice melts due to climate change. Their future depends on taking action to protect our climate and preserve polar bears remaining habitat.

Mountain Lions

Los Angeles is one of the most populous American cities. Yet just a few miles away, high in the Santa Monica Mountains, mountain lions still roam.

Tragically, in recent years mountain lions, including kittens, have been killed as they attempt to cross the freeways that bisect their habitat.  But now NWF, with your help, is giving new hope to mountain lions by helping the state of California develop an innovative new wildlife crossing over Freeway l0l-one that will benefit mountain lions and other wildlife as well.

Monarch Butterflies

Monarch butterflies bring colar and joy to our backyards and gardens. But if you think you’re seeing fewer of them these days, you’re not imagining things.  Recently some populations of monarchs have declined by as much as 90 percent, and the primary threat is the loss of habitat.

NWF is responding to this crisis in a number of ways.  We’re working to protect monarch habitat, while also helping homeowners and communities make their yards and fields more butterfly-friendly by planting the flowers that attract them.  When it comes to protecting monarch butterflies, the solution really can start at home!

 


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