From towering forests to lush green grasslands, our nation's diverse and wondrous lands provide us with invaluable resources. Built on the foundation that our lands are part of the public trust, the National Wildlife Federation supports our nation’s shared interests for wildlife with the management of both public and private lands. Working closely with our partners, we are developing new strategies to manage the lands on which we live, work, and engage with nature to support healthy wildlife populations.
Nearly two-thirds of American land is used for production activities such as farming, grazing, and active forestry. We want to ensure that these activities, while vital to our economy and way of life, are better balanced with the needs of wildlife and their habitats. We are the voice that will ensure wildlife remains in the public trust.
Roughly 902 million acres—or a little more than 50 percent of the lower 48 United States—are currently managed as cropland, pastureland, or rangeland. These working lands must provide critical habitat for our nation's fish and wildlife, protect our water resources, and help mitigate climate change, while also meeting demands for food, fiber, fuel, and animal feed. The National Wildlife Federation encourages farmers to adopt more resilient practices, such as no till, diverse crop rotations, rotational grazing, manure management, and cover crops to increase profits and protect the land.
Another way that National Wildlife Federation promotes practices that benefit farmers is through working with cover crop "Champions,” peer-to-peer outreach leaders teamed up with outreach professionals who provide region-specific information and farming knowledge to farmers and crop advisors. Champions are financially and technically supported by National Wildlife Federation, enabling them to share their expertise and passion for cover crops with farmers in their area.
At the local, state, and federal levels, the National Wildlife Federation is striving to conserve wildlife habitats. Through its advocacy on the Farm Bill, one of the largest sources of conservation funding in the federal government, the National Wildlife Federation ensures that U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs are authorized at appropriate levels, structured to achieve maximum wildlife and environmental benefits, and fully funded during the annual appropriations process. This is vital to our 21st-century land management strategies.
In order to protect our rapidly declining native grasslands, waterways, and the wildlife that depend on them, the National Wildlife Federation is also working to fix the flawed federal ethanol mandate that's led to soaring demand for corn. Though its intent was to foster cleaner fuels, the mandate has contributed to habitat destruction and contaminated drinking water over the last decade, threatening wildlife and our human health.
The United States has a rich forest heritage containing over a dozen major forest ecosystems that provide a tremendous diversity of wildlife habitat. The National Wildlife Federation promotes sustainable use of our nation's public and private forest lands, elevating their critical role in fighting climate change both nationally and internationally.
Through our Wildlife Conflict Resolution program, the National Wildlife Federation retires grazing allotments, addressing conflicts between livestock and wildlife with a voluntary, market-based approach. With the retirement of these allotments, we're securing habitats for wildlife and giving ranchers funds to relocate cattle to areas without conflict. The National Wildlife Federation also holds a biennial America's Grasslands Conference, bringing together researchers, natural resource professionals, farmers and ranchers, policy experts, and conservationists to discuss current relevant issues related to the conservation of North America’s grasslands.
Americans share ownership of approximately 600 million acres of land and water in the United States. These public lands include federal designations like national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, and monuments, as well as state and local areas owned by the public. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to safeguarding these special places and other landscapes that provide habitat for wildlife and opportunities for families, wildlife watchers, sportsmen and sportswomen, and others to recreate and reconnect with nature. We are activating a broad coalition to defeat efforts that would transfer or privatize these public lands.
The National Wildlife Federation partners with sovereign tribal nations to solve today's conservation challenges for future generations. Our tribal work based in National Wildlife Federation's Rocky Mountain Regional Center includes staff on the ground from Montana to Arizona.
We are safeguarding special places and landscapes that provide habitat for wildlife and recreation opportunities for people.
We work nationwide with tribes to protect wildlife, advance land stewardship, safeguard resources, and provide education.
Calling for Better Biofuels
After 10 years of a broken policy, the National Wildlife Federation is calling on Congress to fix the corn ethanol mandate.
Across the country, farmers protect wildlife habitat, control soil erosion, and reduce polluted runoff with help from Farm Bill programs.
Southeast Forestry Program
Working with forest owners and managers and other partners, we're restoring and improving wildlife habitat.
Wildlife Conflict Resolution
With a voluntary, market-based approach, this program addresses the conflicts between livestock and wildlife.
Farmers can help mitigate climate change with management techniques that promote carbon storage and reduce carbon pollution.
America's Grasslands Conference
Professionals from a variety of disciplines are invited to come together and discuss issues concerning the conservation of our grasslands.
Sustainable land use will help ensure the next generation of biofuels and biomass energy is done right.
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