Our Work

Learn more about our policy work on our Great Lakes Federal Policy Page!



Protect the Great Lakes' Natural Resources


The Great Lakes region faces threats from pollution, invasive species, resource extraction and more. We’re protecting our natural resources for generations to come.

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Restore Watersheds


NWF is leading the charge to restore the watersheds in our region, including the Great Lakes, Ohio River and headwaters of the Mississippi River.

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Dismantle Environmental Injustice


We engage with local communities to dismantle systemic discriminatory practices, create access to natural resources and empower people and communities.

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Build Climate Resiliency


Combating climate change means rethinking how we shape our future. We’re creating policy and programs to ensure a safer, more resilient, climate future for the Great Lakes.

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Facilitate Coalitions and Collaboration


The Great Lakes region is full of diverse stakeholders ready for action. We often serve as the facilitators to catalyze collaboration and action.

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Great Lakes Legal Fund and Law Clinic


The GLRC partners with student conservationists to make meaningful change.

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With our main office in Ann Arbor, Michigan, we want to offer a land acknowledgment to honor the Indigenous Peoples upon whose territory we reside and with whom we proudly partner on many issues.

Ann Arbor Land Acknowledgment

The land the City of Ann Arbor occupies is the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary lands of the Anishinaabeg – (including Odawa, Ojibwe and Boodewadomi) and Wyandot peoples. We further acknowledge that our City stands, like almost all property in the United States, on lands obtained, generally in unconscionable ways, from Indigenous Peoples. The taking of this land was formalized by the Treaty of Detroit in 1807. Knowing where we live, work, study, and recreate does not change the past, but a thorough understanding of the ongoing consequences of this past can empower us in our work to create a future that supports human flourishing and justice for all individuals

Learn more about the land you inhabit and existing land treaties here.


Our Leadership Team

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Rebecca Meuninck

Regional Executive Director

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Denise Poloyac

Associate Director

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Jen Fike

Senior Manager, Operations

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Anna Marie Zorn

Communications Manager

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Sophee Langerman

Coordinator, EJ Partnerships

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Where We Work

More than one-third of U.S. fish and wildlife species are at risk of extinction in the coming decades. The National Wildlife Federation is on the ground in seven regions across the country, collaborating with 53 state and territory affiliates to reverse the crisis and ensure wildlife thrive.

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