National Wildlife Federation

Conserving the Nature of America to Protect Wildlife and Stabilize the Climate

Number 2021-01 WHEREAS, wild species are declining in the United States and globally, with habitat loss and degradation a leading cause of species declines and extinctions as cumulative impacts of many human activities are resulting in a majority of indicators of ecosystems and biodiversity showing rapid decline; and WHEREAS, increasing climate change poses a grave threat to wildlife and people, b ...[Read More]

Governance of 2050 U.S. Net-Zero Carbon Action Plans

Number 2021-02 WHEREAS, the National Wildlife Federation, at its Annual Meeting assembled June 10-13, 2020, adopted a resolution urging the United States Congress and all federal agencies to swiftly adopt and implement policy actions that will ensure that the United States achieve at least a forty-five percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) relative to 2010 levels by 2030 and net-zero ...[Read More]

Non-Climate Impacts of Transitioning to a Net-Zero Carbon Economy

Number 2021-03 WHEREAS, the National Wildlife Federation, at its Annual Meeting assembled June 10-13, 2020, adopted a resolution urging the United States Congress and all federal agencies to swiftly adopt and implement policy actions that will ensure that the United States achieve at least a forty-five percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) relative to 2010 levels by 2030 and net-zero ...[Read More]

Strengthening Plant Conservation in State and Federal Conservation Programs

Number 2021-04 WHEREAS, plants represent a major component of the nation’s biological heritage, with nearly 19,000 species of native vascular plants in the United States compared to approximately 2,700 species of native vertebrate animals; and WHEREAS, this diverse array of native plant species serves as the foundation for virtually all other lifeforms, provides indispensable value and ecosystem s ...[Read More]

Support for Civilian Climate Corps

Number 2022-05 WHEREAS, the Civilian Conservation Corps established in 1933 planted more than three billion trees and constructed trails and shelters in more than 800 parks nationwide during its nine years of existence; and WHEREAS, the Civilian Conservation Corps put 3 million unemployed young men to work; and WHEREAS, while demonstrating the potential for success of a large-scale public works pr ...[Read More]

Valuing and Protecting Horseshoe Crabs

Number 2021-06 WHEREAS, the American horseshoe crab (Limulus polyphemus) is critically linked to the health and survival of near-shore coastal ecosystems and animals in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean including numerous fish species as well as shorebirds like the federally-listed red knot; and WHEREAS, populations of horseshoe crabs are threatened by harvest for use as bait in other fisherie ...[Read More]

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]