Working Together to Reverse America’s Wildlife Crisis and Strengthen State Fish & Wildlife Agencies for the next 100 years
The National Wildlife Federation is proud to offer the first-ever toolkit for wildlife conservation leaders to strengthen state fish and wildlife agencies and reverse America’s wildlife crisis. We envision building a broad-based coalition that will empower state wildlife agencies to fulfill their mission to conserve all wildlife for all people. A larger and broader constituency for wildlife will inspire political leadership to strengthen the capacity, governance, funding and meet the growing demands of outdoor enthusiasts who fuel our nation’s economy. Our goal is to create the climate for strong and effective state fish and wildlife agencies for the next 100 years.
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How to use this toolkit
The aim of this toolkit is to provide a roadmap for the conservation community to support strengthening state fish and wildlife agencies. You’ll find many links to connect you with fact sheets, publications, examples of successes from states, and useful background materials—many that have never been compiled in one place before.
Just as you reach into a toolkit for a hammer, screwdriver or tape measure needed for the job at hand, we encourage you to pick up the tool to fit your needs. The tools all serve to build an influential and effective coalition, a responsive and strong governing agency, secure increased funding, and ultimately a healthy future for wildlife. The order is not important, except for launching a funding campaign after you have all your ducks lined up.
Intro to the Toolkit Create Your Plan
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Build a Coalition
Build a diverse coalition of individuals, groups and businesses dedicated to tackling the wildlife crisis and securing the future of all wildlife for all people in your state.
Photo Credit: Austin Ban
Elevate the Wildlife Crisis
Raise awareness that we are facing a wildlife crisis with many species at risk, and the need for immediate action to prevent wildlife from becoming endangered.
Photo Credit: Jennifer Strom
Engage State Agency Leadership
Engage, support and inspire state agency leadership and governing entities to expand the successful model of conservation for game species to all wildlife and to expand wildlife-related outdoor recreation and education to all people.
Photo Credit: C. Kelly | NCWRC
Secure Wildlife Funding
Increase funding for state fish and wildlife agencies to tackle the many challenges of wildlife conservation for today and into the future including fully implementing their State Wildlife Action Plans.
Photo Credit: Ohio DNR