Dana Jensen McNamara’s Archive

Living breakwaters in Oxford Maryland

A New Look at Oxford’s Shorelines

Have you ever heard of a living shoreline? According to NOAA Fisheries, “a living shoreline is a protected, stabilized coastal edge made of natural materials such as plants, sand, or … Read more

A field of native blanket flowers in Texas.

Hardiness Zones and Ecoregions for Climate-Smart Gardening

Gardeners, check your zones! The USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map received its first update in over ten years, moving many gardeners up a half-zone. Those previously on the upper edge … Read more

American toad photographed in Ohio. Credit: Kathy Bodall

Vernal Pools Make Your Garden Sing

If you’re trying to find a vernal pool in spring, you’re best off closing your eyes and listening. As sunset approaches, the pond begins to sing. Tree frogs make a … Read more

2023 State and Territory Wildlife Wins

The National Wildlife Federation proudly works with 52 state and territory affiliates around the United States—autonomous, nonprofit organizations that take the lead in state and local conservation efforts and collaborate … Read more

The $12 Million EPA Region 3 Thriving Communities Technical Assistance Grant Award

I began working at the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) as the Vice President of Environmental Justice, Climate and Community Revitalization (EJHCR) on July 25, 2022. A week later on August … Read more

Mackinac Bridge under blue skies.

Line 5 Pipeline Threatens Freshwater for Millions

The 4.5-mile segment of Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac has ignited a firestorm of controversy, lawsuits, and grave concerns over its potential threat to the … Read more

Orchard in California's Central Valley.

Carbon Removal in California

Crops, cattle farms, and oil wells. Look out over the landscapes of Kern County, California, and you can find the physical infrastructure of various industries. The latest industry poised to … Read more

buffalo and calf

Native American Heritage is More Than Just a Month

Indigenous Peoples had no choice but to be resilient, and shouldn’t have to be. Indigenous Peoples shouldn’t have to constantly fight to have a seat at the table, to have … Read more

El Día de Muertos y el Trabajo de Conservación de la Mariposa Monarca

Por cientos de años, al comenzar las celebraciones del Día de Muertos, el cielo azul del estado de Michoacán y el Estado de México se matiza de brillantes colores naranja, … Read more

Ohio Native Plant Garden at First Cleveland Mosque.

6 New Sacred Grounds™ Native Plant Gardens & 5 New Participants in Cleveland

This summer, six native plant gardens at houses of worship in Greater Cleveland are being designated as National Wildlife Federation Sacred Grounds™ sites! This means each faith community dedicated space, … Read more