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NWF and NJ Audubon Formally Join Forces

New Jersey Audubon (NJA) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) have joined forces in a strategic alliance as NWF’s Board of Directors voted to add New Jersey Audubon as the 47th state affiliate during its 74th annual meeting held in the spring of 2010.

“Our partnership with the National Wildlife Federation will help us better protect New Jersey wildlife and precious natural resources to the benefit of New Jersey citizens, from Cape May to Sussex counties,” said Tom Gilmore, president of New Jersey Audubon. “Our organizations will share expertise, best practices and resources to ensure that New Jersey’s wildlife and open spaces can be enjoyed for generations to come. We also will be closely coordinating our efforts to connect children and families to nature, a top priority for both of our organizations.”

“We are delighted to welcome New Jersey Audubon into the Federation’s family as our 47th affiliate,” said Larry Schweiger, president & CEO of National Wildlife Federation. “NJ Audubon is an historic conservation leader in New Jersey, and our common efforts to restore and protect wildlife and its habitat, combat global warming and connect people with nature make this a natural affiliation. We’re excited to bring New Jersey Audubon’s influential conservation voice to our national efforts, and to support their state conservation work.”

Working to make New Jersey a better place for people and wildlife, and ‘develop, encourage, and support sound conservation practices, programs, and legislation,’ New Jersey Audubon has successfully outlasted a previous period of economic uncertainty – the Great Depression – and went on to sound the alarm about the threats of DDT, end the gunning of hawks in Cape May, establish the Pinelands Protection Act, save our wetlands, and fight for Highlands Protection.

NWF affiliates are independent organizations that choose to affiliate with NWF. This partnership does not change New Jersey Audubon’s strong independent tradition dating back to its creation in 1897. Affiliates in each region work together and with partners to advance conservation and protect the region’s unique natural treasures. Affiliates also serve on NWF’s Board of Directors and create NWF’s policies. New Jersey is part of NWF’s Northeast region, one of nine such regions throughout the United States. The Northeast region includes New Jersey, Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. Click Here to see a complete list of NWF Affiliates.

“I have been working with New Jersey Audubon for 19 years on a range of key conservation initiatives, so I know both the quality of the organization and how well our two organizations’ missions align,” said Curtis Fisher, NWF Northeast regional executive director. “New Jersey Audubon will be NWF’s largest state affiliate and we expect that this partnership will lead to real improvements in the quality of New Jersey’s precious environment that New Jersey citizens want to see protected for generations to come.”

“This is exciting news for New Jersey Audubon – and even greater news for the environment,” said Pete Dunne, vice president of New Jersey Audubon. “Our affiliation with National Wildlife Federation will augment and magnify our efforts to keep New Jersey a place where all residents can live the healthy and prosperous lives they richly deserve.”