About NCWF

Since 1945, North Carolina Wildlife Federation has worked for all wildlife and habitat bringing together citizens, outdoor enthusiasts, hunters and anglers, government and industry to protect North Carolina’s natural resources. From the Great Smoky Mountains to the Outer Banks, our non-profit 501c3 organization is made up of people who value wildlife and wild places and the many ways to enjoy them.

Engaging the natural world is a cornerstone of NCWF history and philosophy. Supporting access to wild places and opportunities to enjoy them is a defining feature of our organization. We work collectively for the places and species that have no voice through our policy and protection work, research and education and direct hands-on conservation projects.

All our policy decisions and conservation projects are based on the best available science and fortified by a network representing a variety of wildlife and outdoor interests.

NCWF honors, respects, and embraces all people, regardless of age, gender, race, color, nationality, physical/intellectual/emotional abilities, political affiliation, religion, or spirituality. We ask our staff, partners, associate organizations, friends, and visitors to show consideration and respect for each other, in the true spirit of the Federation. NCWF is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.


To protect, conserve, and restore North Carolina wildlife and habitat for all.


A North Carolina with healthy and diverse habitats and wildlife valued by all people and sustained for future generations.


Our strength is derived from values-driven leadership:

  • Science-based decision making
  • Non-partisan approach to policy
  • Inclusive of broad interests and perspectives
  • Collaborative with diverse organizations and individuals
  • Committed to solutions and impact


  • Wildlife Goal: Protect, conserve, and restore diverse sustainable fish and wildlife populations in North Carolina.
  • Habitat Goal: Protect, conserve, restore, and connect habitat for fish and wildlife.
  • People Goal: Mobilize people and communities to achieve local and statewide wildlife and habitat goals.
  • Infrastructure Goal: Build and maintain an internal infrastructure that grows organizational capacity, impact, resiliency, and sustainability.


  • Policy and Advocacy - Strongly influence local, state, and federal policy that affects wildlife and habitat in North Carolina using science-based, established conservation models to guide our positions.
  • Community-based - Restore habitat in North Carolina communities through cleanups and plantings in partnership with NCWF Wildlife Chapters and volunteers and organize community members to connect with nature through outdoor experiences.
  • Education and Awareness - Enhance and expand opportunities for youth and adults that foster awareness and appreciation of wildlife in North Carolina and the importance of biodiversity for healthy habitat and humanity.

NCWF's Conservation Impact Plan

Threats to our environment — including invasive species, diseases, habitat loss, pollution, and a warming climate — are putting wildlife populations at great risk in North Carolina. Read about NCWF's Organizational Strategy and Focus Areas.

NCWF is a Platinum-level GuideStar participant, which demonstrates our commitment to transparency.

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