The National Wildlife Federation just celebrated its 80th birthday. With friends and supporters, we gathered to recall with respect—and even awe—the courage and commitment our founders showed in the face of serious threats to America’s wildlife. While it’s good to pause and reflect on our 80-year history, with the pace of activity underway in the South Central region, we sure don’t feel old! Throughout the region, we are taking on today’s challenges: pushing water conservation in drought-prone Texas, celebrating our partners in the Austin schools who are tackling monarch butterfly recovery, helping our friends in Fort Lauderdale make that city a Community Wildlife Habitat, and redoubling our efforts to restore wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico post-oil spill. We have recently welcomed four new staff and are settling into a new, larger office in Austin. Come see us if you’re in the neighborhood, and thanks as always for your friendship and support.
The Texas Living Waters Project has created a way to help Texans conserve one of our most precious resources: water. This newly launched tool — The Texas Water Conservation Scorecard — rates hundreds of water providers on their efforts to conserve water.
Congratulations to the city of Fort Lauderdale as it becomes the 86th NWF Community Wildlife Habitat in the nation! The city is marking this momentous occasion in an impressive fashion by hosting more than 30 simultaneous Arbor Day events across the city.
Longleaf pine forests once spanned 90 million acres across the South Central U.S., but by the late 1990s, only 3-4% of the forests remained. This extensive loss threatens some of the greatest biodiversity in the nation—but we are working to bring the longleaf pine back!
NWF’s South Central Region is on the move! Our regional conservation and education programs are expanding and we have hired several new staff in Austin to meet increased program needs. We have also relocated to a new larger space to accommodate our growing team!