Honoring Our Affiliates

This Week in NWF History

Since 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to conserve the nation’s wildlife and wild places. As part of our 80th anniversary celebration, we are recognizing important moments in our history that continue to make an impact today.

One of the most powerful and unique qualities of the National Wildlife Federation is our network of 49 affiliate partners. The National Wildlife Federation’s affiliates greatly enhance our ability to protect wildlife and natural resources across the country. These partners are autonomous, nonprofit organizations that take the lead in state and local conservation efforts and work with NWF on a wide variety of regional and national issues from restoring healthy waters in the Great Lakes, Gulf of Mexico, and Chesapeake Bay to building wildlife corridors in the Northeast and California to protecting tribal lands in the Mid-West.

Affiliation is a voluntary relationship between each organization and NWF, and there is only one affiliate per state or U.S. territory. This diverse network of partners elects key members of NWF’s leadership and sets NWF’s conservation policy priorities through an annual resolution process.

Maroon Bells, Colorado
NWF and affiliates work to protect public lands like Maroon Bells, Colorado. Photo by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Bob Emery

In March 1965, the Minnesota Conservation Federation was the first affiliate to win Affiliate of the Year. The 2016 awardee, the Association of Northwest Steelheaders, our Oregon affiliate, will be recognized at this year’s Annual Meeting which takes place June 16-18 in Estes Park, Colorado. Click here to register for the 2016 Annual Meeting.

The Association of Northwest Steelheaders was also just highlighted today as our Affiliate of the Week. This year, in honor of our 80th Anniversary celebration, the National Wildlife Federation is recognizing each of our Affiliate Partners in a special “Affiliate of the Week” blog series. This series is a collaborative effort between NWF and affiliate staff to showcase the great work that affiliates are achieving across the nation. The stories focus on who the affiliates are, what they do, and how they make a national impact.

Along with Oregon, we have kicked off the series with blogs from affiliates in Washington, D.C., Kentucky, North Carolina, Kansas, Alabama, Wyoming, Arizona, Wisconsin, Arkansas, and the Virgin Islands. Take a look and stay tuned for more stories from our affiliates across the nation!

This blog series has just begun – so stay tuned for the other posts that will be published throughout the year.

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