U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service

At A Glance

  • More than 1 million acres protected
  • More than 350 projects
  • We've helped USFWS develop new strategies

We’ve worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to protect or restore more than one million acres, coast to coast. Today, we’re strategically confronting complex conservation challenges, including loss of wildlife habitat from infrastructure development, climate change and fragmentation. 


Serving as a trusted, independent resource, The Conservation Fund works with landowners and project partners to match mitigation funding with lands that the Service identifies as high conservation priorities. We negotiate the best conservation outcomes, while minimizing process delays.
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Climate Change

We’re helping USFWS confront sea level rise with strategic planning, land acquisition and restoration. We also plant trees to restore native forest habitat  that cleans our air, filters our water and provides valuable shelter for birds and animals like the threatened Louisiana black bear. So far, we’ve restored more than 25,000 acres at 14 national wildlife refuges in the Southeast and Midwest. Learn more >>

Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge bear-cubs_by-Michael-A-Kelly_USFWS_390x260

Born a slave in Mississippi who later served as a Confederate sharpshooter, cavalryman and spy during the Civil War, Holt Collier was a legendary bear hunter and sportsman. He led the famous bear hunt with President Theodore Roosevelt that earned… Read More

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge 2100 Blackwater-NWR_(c)_Whitney-Flanagan_390x260

The vast tidal marshes of the Chesapeake Bay region are an ecological treasure. Nowhere in the Bay are these marshes more abundant and dominant on the landscape than in southern Dorchester County, Maryland, especially at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge…. Read More

Joyce Wildlife Management Area NASA image of Lake Pontchartrain Basin

For more than two decades, the Fund has been working to protect and restore Louisiana’s coastal wetland and associated upland habitats, like those found around Lake Pontchartrain.  In 2008, the Fund helped add more than 7,200 acres to the 23,000 Joyce Wildlife Management… Read More

Rocky Mountain Front Rocky Mountain Front

Where Montana’s dramatic peaks give way to the Northern Great Plains, the Rocky Mountain Front forms a landscape unlike any other in America. The Front represents some of the nation’s rarest wildlife habitat—where grizzly bears still roam freely from the… Read More

Kern River, Utah image description

Desert tortoises were once one of the West’s most abundant reptiles, but their populations have declined 90 percent since the 1980s. Back in 2005 the Fund helped Kern River Gas Transmission Company with a mitigation project that protected nearly 6,00 acres… Read More

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge migratory birds san bernard nwr

Our passion for conservation means we’re dedicated to saving land—no matter how complex the project. That’s why, over the past few years, the Fund has helped expand the San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge by more than 5,000 acres. The San… Read More

Louisiana Wildlife Management High waters at Upper Ouachita NWR

More than two million people live in Louisiana’s coastal areas, which generate nearly $120 billion in business every year through energy development, fisheries, ports and more. All  this activity has impacted the coast. We’ve drained and leveed waters, wiping out… Read More

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge Mollicy Farm unit at Upper Ouachita NWR

The Ouachita River flows through Louisiana’s landscape for more than 600 miles beginning just 20 miles north of Monroe and stretching more than 42,500 acres north over the Lower Mississippi River Valley. It is the defining feature of the region… Read More

Maurepas Swamp Wildlife Management Area Maurepas National Wildlife Refuge in Louisiana

About 25 miles outside New Orleans, cypress and tupelo trees tower over a classic southern swamp, where herons cast lanky shadows, alligators slink beneath greenish surface waters, and boaters take it all in. This is Maurepas Swamp—a place that is… Read More

Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Sea and sky at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

We’ve worked for more than a decade to help the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service acquire lands for Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. To date, we’ve saved nearly 8,000 acres at the refuge; but conservation at Blackwater is about more than… Read More

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge male wood duck

The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway to the Great Lakes and contains one of the largest and most productive wetland ecosystems in Michigan. Not far from Saginaw, this urban refuge draws 60,000 visitors a year and provides outstanding… Read More

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge Lake at Carolina Sandhills NWR

In 2012, we helped the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service expand the Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge by nearly 270 acres. Surrounded by refuge lands on three sides, the newly protected tract is significant as a demonstration site for longleaf pine ecosystem restoration. It… Read More

Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative Alaska sockeye salmon

With hundreds of pristine rivers, lakes and streams, the southwest Alaska region abounds with natural resources, diverse habitats, world-class recreation spots and a rich culture and history. Covering an area the size of Washington state, this 40-million- acre region supports… Read More

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska

Internationally recognized for the importance of its wetlands, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, at the tip of the Alaskan peninsula, contains one of the largest eelgrass beds in the world. Threatened Steller’s eider and more than 90 percent of the world’s… Read More

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Cape May warbler

Every summer, millions of tourists descend upon southern New Jersey’s Cape May peninsula for a bit of rest and relaxation. But beginning in the fall, when the crowds move out, a new set of visitors flock to the area: hundreds… Read More

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Flock of birds, Edwin B. Forsythe NWR

Each spring and fall, thousands of ducks, geese, wading birds and shorebirds converge on the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge to rest and feed, making the site a haven for birdwatchers.  Renowned for its winged migrations, it was established to provide important… Read More

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Tundra swans at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

The Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge covers roughly 9,000 acres of barrier island beaches and dunes, shrub-scrub, woodlands, farmlands and fresh and brackish marsh along the Atlantic Ocean.  Similar to other Atlantic and Gulf barrier islands, the refuge’s narrow coastline provides… Read More

Go Zero At Red River National Wildlife Refuge Cypress tree swamp Red River

With its roots high in the Texas Panhandle, two forks of the Red River confluence at the Texas-Oklahoma border to flow more than 1,300 miles through Louisiana and into the Mississippi River and eventually the Gulf of Mexico.   On… Read More

Go Zero At Lake Ophelia And Grand Cote National Wildlife Refuges Lake Ophelia

High above the Lake Ophelia and Grand Cote national wildlife refuges in central Louisiana, hundreds of thousands of birds quack and honk their way from Alaska to the Gulf of Mexico and back. Known as the Mississippi Flyway, this blue… Read More

Go Zero At Mingo National Wildlife Refuge Morning light at Mingo NWR

When settlers first came to Missouri’s Bootheel region, lush bottomland hardwood forests, including giant cypress and tupelo trees, blanketed the southeastern corner of the state. Over the past century, the forests were cut for lumber, and by the 1930s, most… Read More

Go Zero At Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge Go Zero trees

Supported by donations from the Fund’s voluntary carbon offset program, Go Zero®, we have helped restore more than 775 acres of native oak and hickory trees at the Marais des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Located 70 miles south of… Read More