This past June, fifty state and territorial conservation organizations came together for the Nation-al Wildlife Federation’s 82nd Annual Meeting. The gathering is a chance for the organization’s affiliates (including MNCF…since 1937!) to gather and discuss conservation challenges, collectively learn from the year’s victories and defeats, and set the policy agenda for the upcoming year.
Similar to Minnesota Conservation Federa-tion, NWF is a federation of affiliated clubs and members, brought together around a common goal of protecting wildlife for OUR children’s future. The federation’s affiliates are each unique and completely self-governing with their own by-laws, organizing structure, and finances. Although unique, a passion for the conservation of our natural resources and a preservation of our outdoor heritage binds us all.
The NWF annual meeting is an opportunity to rekindle that passion in addition to the mandated organizational upkeep. New board members are nominated, voted upon, and installed. Bylaws are updated. We seek to better ourselves and our abilities through continuing education and other learning and experiential opportunities.
Most importantly (no offense to the lawyers watching the bylaws discussions closely), the delegates have the responsibility to consider, debate, and ratify the organizations policy priorities for the upcoming year. Fifty delegates, representing the 50 state and territorial federation affiliates and 4 million members and supporters, duly considered and approved 11 new conservation policy resolutions.
These resolutions address:
- Opposing Imprudent “Energy Dominance” Policies
- Promoting Alternatives to Single-Use Plastics
- Supporting the establishment of the National Wildlife Corridors System
- Encouraging Non-Federal Governmental Action to Protect Wildlife, Habitat, and People from Climate Change
- Promoting Wildlife Friendly Renewable Energy Facilities and Infrastructure
- Support for Beaver Restoration in Western Watersheds as a Practical Response to Climate Change
- Promoting Nature-based Carbon Sequestration and Storage for Climate and Wildlife
- Strengthening State Fish and Wildlife Agencies to Meet 21st Century Conservation Challenges
- Aligning Federal Crop Insurance with Science Based Agriculture Conservation Practices
- Promoting Sustainable Fisheries under the Magnusson Stevens Fisheries Conservation Act
- Protecting Washington’s Methow Headwaters and Green River Valley from Industrial Mining Operations
These final resolutions will be entered and locatable in the NWF Conservation Policy Resolution library along with all resolutions dating back to 1975 at https://affiliates.nwf.org/policy-resolutions/