The NWF’s Work
On its website nwf.org, the NWF says it desires to inspire people to preserve and protect wildlife through a “strategic plan that accommodates change.” Its mission is to “to inspire Americans to protect wildlife for our children’s future.” The NWF is therefore flexible in its approach. They are willing to take varying approaches to reach various people.
The NWF does have a unifying affect – it unites hunters, environmentalists, bird watchers, and others in a common cause. They publish magazines, organize programs, and set up local organizations to educate people with regard to wildlife preservation.
From the 1930s to the 2000s, NWF has influenced many bills and laws that concern the wildlife. Here are some victory highlights:
* In 1947, the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA) was passed. Considered landmark legislation, this act was the first of its kind to consider “non-target” wildlife in the use of toxic chemicals.
* The Water Pollution Control Act passed in 1956, and allows for federal grants to fund the construction of water treatment plants.
* The 1972 Marine Mammals Protection Act called upon the federal government to develop a program to conserve marine mammals.
* 1992 saw the enactment of the Energy Policy Act, which established national standards for water conservation.
* The Energy Independence and Security Act, which was passed in 2007, created the Renewable Fuel Standard.
Joining the NWF costs $30 at this writing. They describe the benefits of membership on their website:
* An NWF field bag
* A year’s subscription to the National Wildlife magazine
* Invitations to members-only expeditions
* Stationary, cards, and a calendar
This means that, as a member, you not only get some great stuff, but you also get exclusive invitations and privileges. On the wildlife expeditions, members are able to view wildlife in its natural habitat. And if you are someone who cares about the environment, your membership will bring peace of mind that you are helping to make a difference.
We hope that our post on the National Wildlife Federation gives you a better understanding of this wonderful organization!