Les Welsh

Les Welsh is NWF's Associate Director for the Pacific. He leads the organizations work in Hawai'i and other pacific islands, and supports our affiliates in Alaska, Hawai'i, Washington, Oregon and California. i
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Helping Grizzlies Return to Their Historical Home

There are fewer than 10 grizzly bears living in the North Cascades of Washington State – a wild, mostly intact mountain ecosystem where the bears once thrived.  Now, thanks to …

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World’s Largest Conservation Conference Celebrates Big Wins

The National Wildlife Federation’s International Wildlife Conservation team, Senior Climate Scientist, and Associate Director for the Pacific joined with our Hawai‘i state affiliate, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i, in representing the …

This spectacular new species was discovered in March 1991 on a vertical cliff in Kalalau Valley, Kaua‘i by NTBG botanist Ken Wood.  Listed by IUCN as one of the top 100 threatened species in the world it is now considered extinct due to the impact of feral goats emphasizing how critical conservation programs are in Hawai‘i. The survival of Hawai‘i’s native birds and wildlife is inseparable from the survival of the plants upon which they depend on.  Photo courtesy of National Tropical Botanical Garden.

Help Define a Sustainable Future for All

This is happening on our watch: so what are we doing about it? A whole lot, but not enough and not nearly fast enough. Our window of opportunity is closing, …

Manu O Kū in flight. Photo by Eric VanderWerf

Manu O Kū: Celebrating Wildlife in Honolulu’s Urban Center

This month the National Wildlife Federation has joined with our Hawai‘i state affiliate, Conservation Council for Hawai‘i and several of our key conservation partners, to sponsor the inaugural Manu O …

Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation Directors Melissa Heuer and Anders Gustafson accept award from NWF Board Chair Deborah Spaulding and CEO Collin O'Mara. 2015 Kaila Drayton.

And The 2015 NWF Affiliate of the Year Award Goes To…

The Renewable Resources Coalition and Foundation (RRC/F) of Alaska! Founded in 2005, the mission of Renewable Resources Coalition, a 501(c)6, and Renewable Resources Foundation (RRF), a 501(c)4, is to protect …

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Fishing with Aloha

Fishers are the eyes and ears on the ocean. With your kōkua – your help – we can make sure Hawaiian monk seals survive and that our fishing communities thrive. …

Red footed booby.  Photo by USFWS - Pacific

Newly Expanded Reserve Provides a Haven for Marine Wildlife

In a significant step forward for marine wildlife and our planet’s ocean ecosystems, President Obama last week authorized the expansion of the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument. The President’s …

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Music and Arts Festival Celebrates Wild Salmon and Bristol Bay

Come to Alaska this summer and join National Wildlife Federation’s Alaska affiliate, the Renewable Resources Foundation, for Salmonstock—a three-day music and arts festival celebrating Bristol Bay, wild salmon and the …

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NWF and Its Allies Urge Lawmakers to Restore Hawaiian Monk Seal Funding

National Wildlife Federation and Conservation Council for Hawai‘i joined forces recently with the Marine Conservation Institute and key Hawaiian community, cultural and conservation organizations to send a letter to federal …

Hawaiian monk seal in its native habitat. Vanderlip.

Conservation Council for Hawai‘i Named NWF Affiliate of the Year

At its annual meeting in March, National Wildlife Federation honored Conservation Council for Hawai‘i (CCH) as its Affiliate of the Year. At the forefront of major campaigns to help recover …

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