National Wildlife Federation, Pacific Regional Center Programs
Creating Climate-Resilient Communities
Climate change and increasing human populations are taking a toll on water-dependent ecosystems in the West. Retreating glaciers and reduced snowpack challenge the ability of salmon to survive and threaten the agricultural economy of Eastern Washington. We are working with a broad coalition to find balanced solutions to water demands in Eastern Washington. Puget Sound and the coast of Washington State are also vulnerable to climate change impacts, and NWF is working with partners such as Eco-Adapt to plan for the future. Together, we can create climate-resilient communities through efficient, sustainable and economic approaches to meeting the needs of people, fish and wildlife.
Be Out There
Be Out There is a national movement to connect American families to the outdoors. Be Out There leverages National Wildlife Federation's 75-year tradition of education, conservation, and advocacy to get families and communities outside. By providing leadership, support, and practical tools, we will create a generation of happier, healthier children with love and responsibility for the environment. Our Be Out There events and programs include National Wildlife Week, the Great American Backyard Campout, Hike & Seek, Wildlife Watch, Schoolyard Habitats, Certified Wildlife Habitats, Ranger Rick Geocaching Trails and more.
Protecting Floodplain Habitat
Development in floodplains - often subsidized by the federal government - encourages the flooding and destruction of salmon habitat, threatening both the salmon and the endangered orca that feed on them. We are working to end destructive floodplain development and to increase protection of floodplain areas to safeguard wildlife, reduce flooding, and enhance public safety.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Gardening for Wildlife in Washington
Whidbey Island became the nation’s 57th Certified Community Wildlife Habitat
and is the 14th community in Washington to achieve this honor. Thanks to amazing volunteers, our state boasts the most Community Wildlife Habitat teams in the nation. Around Puget Sound, 35 communities are either Certified Community Wildlife Habitat, or working toward their certification.
From backyards to neighborhoods, the Certified Wildlife Habitat program engages people in conservation. Join your neighbors by creating a Certified Wildlife Habitat in your yard. http://www.nwf.org/gardenforwildlife
Be Out There
National Wildlife Federation recently celebrated its 75th
anniversary, and Ranger Rick has been connecting kids with nature for over 50 years. Today, we offer a multitude of options to connect with nature through our Be Out there programs:
National Wildlife Week – The theme for 2013 is all about trees. NWF’s goal is to plant 75,000 trees to mark the 75th anniversary of National Wildlife Week. www.nwf.org/wildlifeweek
Ranger Rick Geocaching – Ranger Rick Geocaching sites are catching on around Washington! Look for a cache near you www.geocaching.com/rangerricktrails
Great American Backyard Campout – Spend a night learning about camping and nature on June 22nd www.nwf.org/gabc
Hike & Seek – Explore nature in this annual event for kids and families in Seward Park www.nwf.org/hikeandseek
Eco-Schools USA – Join 50 countries in this international initiative designed to encourage whole-school action for the environment www.nwf.org/ecoschools
Click here to connect with National Wildlife Federation and the Seattle Office today! www.nwf.org/pacific