We’ve worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) 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. 

Land Conservation

National Wildlife Refuges are lands managed by the FWS to protect habitat for wildlife. By partnering with FWS and private landowners wishing to sell their land, we acquire lands to help complete and protect our nation’s National Wildlife Refuges. We also help states implement funding from the FWS to establish and expand state wildlife management areas, and other state-owned lands, to preserve wildlife habitat and provide public recreational access.

Mitigation

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 >>

Projects

Milwaukee River Watershed Conservation Partnership

Milwaukee River Watershed Conservation Partnership

The Milwaukee River—a major tributary to Lake Michigan—provides clean drinking water for more than one million people. But excessive...
Hatchery Planning and Partial Water Reuse System Design

Hatchery Planning and Partial Water Reuse System Design

White River NFH participates in the stock mitigation and reestablishment of Atlantic salmon in the Connecticut River watershed. An...
Strategic Mitigation for Wind Energy In the Midwest

Strategic Mitigation for Wind Energy In the Midwest

As concerns mount over the high costs and long-term environmental impacts of fossil fuels, wind has become an increasingly...
Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

Upper Ouachita National Wildlife Refuge

Louisiana’s Ouachita River starts just 20 miles north of Monroe and stretches more than 42,500 acres north over the...
Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

Strategic Mitigation for Pipelines: NiSource Gas

NiSource Inc. (NiSource), a Fortune 500 natural gas transmission and storage company, operates a 15,500 linear mile network of...
Carbon and Climate Upper Ouachita

Carbon and Climate Upper Ouachita

Project: Reforestation This project has been verified at Gold Level under the Climate, Community and Biodiversity (CCB) Standard, audited by...
Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

Grand Lake Federal Lands Livability Initiative

What makes a community livable? Most agree it’s the quality of transportation options, range of affordable housing choices, potential...
Sodalis Nature Preserve

Sodalis Nature Preserve

Mark Twain put Hannibal, Missouri, on the map. The tranquil landscapes of his boyhood town on the Mississippi River...
Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative

Southwest Alaska Salmon Habitat Initiative

With hundreds of pristine rivers, lakes and streams, the Southwest Alaska region abounds with natural resources, diverse habitats, world-class...
Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge

The Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge is the gateway to the Great Lakes and contains one of the largest and...
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...
San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

San Bernard National Wildlife Refuge

Our passion for conservation means we’re dedicated to saving land—no matter how complex the project. That’s why, over the...
Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

Pelican Island National Wildlife Refuge

The National Wildlife Refuge System is the only network of federal lands specifically dedicated for wildlife conservation. It consists...
Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Potomac Valley Audubon Society Watershed Education Initiative

Freshwater Institute staff assisted with the “Watershed Education Initiative,” an environmental education program offered by the Potomac Valley Audubon...
Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge

Established in 1996, the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is the newest of four refuges that make...
Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge

In the southeastern corner of Georgia, along the Florida border, lies one of the largest and most primitive swamps...
Missouri River Restoration

Missouri River Restoration

Stretching more than 2,300 miles from Three Forks, Montana, to St. Louis, Missouri, where it joins the Mississippi River,...
Neu

Neu's Point and Och's Point State Wildlife Management Areas

Between 1804 and 1806, explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark opened the American West on their historic quest to...
Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

Internationally recognized for the importance of its wetlands, Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, at the tip of the Alaskan peninsula,...
John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge

John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge

Located on the shores of Narragansett Bay in Rhode Island, the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge was established...
Kanapaha Prairie

Kanapaha Prairie

Kanapaha Prairie, near Gainesville in Alachua County, is part of north-central Florida’s vast system of wet prairies. As a...
Kern River, Utah

Kern River, Utah

Desert tortoises were once one of the West’s most abundant reptiles, but their populations have declined 90 percent since...
Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge

Holt Collier National Wildlife Refuge

In 1902, legendary African-American guide Holt Collier led President Theodore Roosevelt and his entourage through the canebrakes and virgin...
Greenseams® Milwaukee

Greenseams® Milwaukee

More than 1.5 million people live and work in the Milwaukee metro area. As the region grows, with more...
Habitat Protection For The Florida Panther

Habitat Protection For The Florida Panther

The Florida panther is the only cougar species found east of the Mississippi River. Although you’ll see the Florida...
Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge Program

Marais Des Cygnes National Wildlife Refuge Program

Supported by donations from the Fund’s voluntary carbon and climate programs, we have restored more than 775 acres of...
Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

Mingo National Wildlife Refuge

When settlers first came to Missouri’s Bootheel region, lush bottomland hardwood forests, including giant cypress and tupelo trees, blanketed...
Red River National Wildlife Refuge

Red River National Wildlife Refuge

With its roots high in the Texas Panhandle, two forks of the Red River confluence at the Texas-Oklahoma border...
Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Tree Planting

Santee National Wildlife Refuge, South Carolina Tree Planting

Santee National Wildlife Refuge encompasses approximately 13,000 acres, including 39 miles of shoreline along the banks of Lake Marion,...
Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge

Located deep in the Rio Grande Valley at the southeastern tip of Texas along the Rio Grande River and...