Policy Resolutions

Acting on Climate Change

Number 2020-01 WHEREAS, the National Wildlife Federation affirms the overwhelming scientific evidence that climate change is occurring due to human activity, and heeds the urgent advice of scientists to limit average global temperature increase to 1.5 degrees Celsius in order to avoid the most catastrophic impacts; and WHEREAS, climate change is a major threat facing the nation’s ecological health ...[Read More]

Control and Eradication of Invasive Predators on Islands

Number 2020-02 WHEREAS, native wildlife, plants, and delicate ecosystems are an integral component of the traditional practices, values, and livelihoods of indigenous people on islands; and WHEREAS, islands represent 5.3% of the earth’s landmass, but are home to more than 15% of all terrestrial species, 19% of global biodiversity, 1/3rd of critically endangered species and more than 60% of the wor ...[Read More]

North American Grasslands

Number 2020-03 WHEREAS, grasslands provide vital habitat for a vast number of wildlife species and provide economic viability for multiple industries and yet continue to be one of the most threatened ecosystems in the world; and WHEREAS, over the last decade alone, millions of acres of native grasslands in North America that provide critical habitat to grassland-dependent wildlife have been conver ...[Read More]

Opposing Federal Efforts to Weaken the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918

Number 2020-04 WHEREAS, the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 (MBTA) abolished the unregulated taking of all migratory birds and the commercial trade of bird species and bird parts such as feathers; and WHEREAS, the MBTA codifies the United States’ obligations to protect migratory birds pursuant to an agreement between the United States and the United Kingdom on behalf of Canada (later joined by M ...[Read More]

PFAS Impacts on Fish and Wildlife

WHEREAS, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) have been recognized as an environmental contaminant group with risks to humans, fish, and wildlife, ecosystem; and WHEREAS, PFASs have been manufactured and utilized in products ranging from fire-fighting foams to consumer products like Teflon cookware, household cleaning products and other fire-, grease-, stain-, and water-repellant goods; and ...[Read More]

Protect Downstream Communities from British Columbia Mining Impacts on Transboundary Watersheds

WHEREAS, multiple transboundary rivers originating in British Columbia flow into Alaska, Washington, Idaho, and Montana through lands important to sovereign Indigenous peoples; and WHEREAS, pristine waters and intact habitats make protecting productive and healthy wild salmon and other species throughout these shared rivers a priority; and WHEREAS, commercial mining in British Columbia is experien ...[Read More]

Protect the Tongass National Forest

WHEREAS, the Tongass National Forest is the homeland of the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian peoples who have been stewards of these lands since time immemorial; and WHEREAS, the economy of Southeast Alaska is dependent on fishing and tourism as two of its main economic drivers; tourism, fishing, and subsistence users in the Inside Passage and the communities throughout Southeast Alaska are dependent ...[Read More]

Reducing Wildlife Mortality and Habitat Fragmentation Caused by Highway and Roads

WHEREAS, our national network of highways and roads is the largest single man-made feature on the American landscape and a primary cause of habitat fragmentation across the U.S.; and WHEREAS, the number of animals struck and killed by automobiles each year (i.e. roadkill) has increased dramatically in recent decades as road networks have expanded, as total miles traveled by cars and trucks has gro ...[Read More]

Restoring Marine Fish and Wildlife Populations

Number 2020-09 WHEREAS, numerous species in marine ecosystems in United States territorial waters are in decline, including fish, marine megafauna, shorebirds, sea birds and others; and WHEREAS, the declines in these species are directly linked to numerous and often overlapping threats, including loss of habitat and coastal development, climate change, ocean acidification, overfishing, vessel traf ...[Read More]

Supporting the Formation of a Mississippi River Basin Fishery Commission

WHEREAS, the Mississippi River Basin is the fourth largest watershed in the world, and the largest watershed in North America, draining all or part of 31 states and 2 Canadian provinces. The watershed measures approximately 1.2 million square miles and covers 41% of the continental United States; and WHEREAS, the Mississippi River and its tributaries comprise one of the largest and most valuable e ...[Read More]