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THE COUNTRY'S 20 LARGEST ENVIRONMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS BY MEMBERSHIP

African Wildlife Federation
Working to ensure the wildlife and wild lands of Africa will endure forever.

American Forests
Helping people improve the environment with trees and forests.

Center for Marine Conservation
Seeks to protect ocean ecosystems and conserve the global abundance and diversity of marine wildlife through science-based advocacy, research and public education.

*Defenders of Wildlife
Concerned with the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Two priorities: the accelerating rate of extinction of species and the associated loss of biological diversity, and habitat alteration and destruction.

Ducks Unlimited
Working to fulfill the annual life cycle needs of North American waterfowl by protecting, enhancing, restoring, and managing important wetlands and associated uplands.

*Environmental Defense
Environmental advocacy group with four main goals: (1) Stabilizing the Earth's climate, (2) Safeguarding the world's oceans, (3) Protecting human health, and (4) Defending and restoring biodiversity.

Greenpeace USA
Leading independent campaigning organization that uses non-violent direct action and creative communication to expose global environmental problems and to promote solutions that are essential to a green and peaceful future.

International Wildlife Coalition
Dedicated to public education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, litigation, legislation and international treaty negotiations concerning global wildlife and natural habitat protection issues.

*National Audubon Society
Working to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds and other wildlife for the benefit of humanity and the earth's biological diversity.

National Resources Defense Council
Using law, science, and the support of members nationwide to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure a safe and healthy environment for all living things.

National Wild Turkey Federation
Conservation and education organization dedicated to conserving wild turkeys and preserving hunting traditions.

National Wildlife Federation
Uniting 4.4 million individuals, organizations, businesses and government to protect wildlife, wild places, and the environment.

Nature Conservancy
World's largest private international conservation group working to protect millions of acres of lands and waters worldwide.

Pheasants Forever
Dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education.

*Sierra Club
Members nationwide practice and promote the responsible use of the earth's ecosystems and resources.

Trout Unlimited
Organization of conservation-minded anglers who promote quality trout and salmon fisheries both for their intrinsic value and as reminders of watershed health.

*Wilderness Society
Works to protect America's wilderness and to develop a nation-wide network of wildlands through education, scientific analysis, and advocacy.

Wildlife Conservation Society
Working from its Bronx Zoo headquarters to save wildlife and wild lands throughout the world.

World Wildlife Fund
Leading privately supported international conservation organization in the world providing information on endangered species, endangered places, forests, climate change, oceans and toxic chemicals.


OTHER NATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND OUTREACH PARTNERS

American Farmland Trust
Working to stop the loss of productive farmland and to promote healthy farming techniques that lead to a healthy environment.

American Horticultural Society
Educating and inspiring people of all ages to become successful and environmentally responsible gardeners by advancing the art and science of horticulture.

*American Oceans Campaign
Working in Washington, DC, Los Angeles, CA, and in coastal communities across the country to revitalize the nation's oceans and coastal waters.

*American Rivers
Community of river activists and friends.

*California Certified Organic Farmers
Working to certifiy organic food and to increase demand for certified organic products and to expand public support for organic agriculture. Reliable source for finding certified farmers, processors, handlers, packers, or retailers, as well as certified crops, livestock, processed organic products, or organic business services.

*Botanical Missionaries
Books and information about native plants.

*Cambridge Forum
Presents free, public lectures with guest speakers in Harvard Square discussing the isssues and ideas that are shaping our world.

*Center for a New American Dream
Engaging and fun resources and information to help individuals and institutions reduce and shift consumption to enhance quality of life and protect the environment.

*Chicago Wilderness
A unique coalition of 120 public and private organizations that have joined forces to protect, restore, and manage 200,000 acres of protected lands in the Chicago metropolitan region.

*Citizens' Environmental Coalition
Information clearinghouse that provides education, training, and information to its member organizations and to the environmental community in the thirteen-county Houston/Gulf Coast region.

*Clearwater's Hudson River Festival
A weekend of celebration,creative energy and environmental awareness.

*Earthhope Action Network
Provides a variety of environmental information, posts conservation action alerts and provides links to online environmental action sites.

*EarthJustice Legal Defense Fund
Non-profit public interest law firm dedicated to protecting the magnificent places, natural resources, and wildlife of this earth and to defending the right of all people to a healthy environment.

*Ecostewards Alliance and Potomac Valley Earth Institute. Working to heighten awareness of humankind's interrelationship with all life and natural systems. Programs focus on reducing consumption and living more lightly on the Earth.

*Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. Over 100 films presented in collaborative programs with museums, embassies, libraries, universities, environmental organizations, international and government agencies.

*Environmental Working Group
Content provider for public interest groups and concerned citizens who are campaigning to protect the environment. Reports, articles, technical assistance, development of computer databases, and Internet resources.

*Field Museum of Natural History
Chicago, Illinois, educational institution concerned with the diversity and relationships in nature and among cultures. Provides collection-based research and learning for greater public understanding and appreciation of the world in which we live.

*Friends of the Earth
Dedicated to preserving the health and diversity of the planet for future generations. Empowering citizens in the United States and abroad to have an influential voice in decisions affecting their environment.

*Georgia Public Broadcasting
Creating, producing, and distributing high quality programs and services that educate, inform, and entertain audiences and enrich the quality of their lives.

*Interface, Inc
Largest commercial carpet manufacturer in the world, with the goal of becoming a leader in industrial ecology by becoming a sustainable corporation and eventually a restorative enterprise.

*Izaak Walton League
National organization of hunters, anglers and other conservation-minded outdoor enthusiasts who work through volunteer, community-based action and education programs to ensure the sustainable use of America's natural resources.

*LEAD International
Creating and sustaining a global network of leaders who are committed to promote change towards patterns of economic development that are environmentally sustainable and socially equitable.

*League of Conservation Voters
The only national environmental organization dedicated full-time to educating citizens about the environmental voting records of members of Congress.

Missouri Botanical Garden
Discovering and sharing knowledge about plants and their environment, in order to preserve and enrich life. A National Historic Landmark and a center for research, education and horticultural display.

*Museum of Science, Boston
One of the leading informal science education centers in the world.

National Environmental Trust
Informing citizens about environmental problems and how they effect our health and quality of life. Public education campaigns present the latest scientific studies and public opinion research so that Americans from all walks of life can understand complex environmental issues.

*National Geographic Society
The world's largest nonprofit scientific and educational organization.

National Parks Conservation Association
America's only private nonprofit citizen organization dedicated solely to protecting preserving and enhancing the U.S. National Park System.

*National Religious Partnership for the Environment
Weaving the mission of care for God's creation across all areas of organized religion, in such a way as to contribute scope of vision, moral perspective, breadth of constituency, and endurance of struggle for all efforts to protect the natural world and human well-being within it.

*National Tribal Environmental Council
A membership organization working to preserve the reservation environment.

National Trust for Historic Preservation
Leadership, education and advocacy to save America's diverse historic places and revitalize our communities.

*Nature and Environmental Writers - College and University Educators
Assisting writers and educators who are dedicated to enhancing the public's awareness of environmental issues.

*New Mexico Environment Law Center

*North American Association for Environmental Education
Network of professionals, students, and volunteers working in the field of environmental education.

Orion Society
Publisher, environmental education organization, and a communications and support network for grassroots environmental and community organizations across North America.

Physicians for Social Responsibility. Physicians, nurses and health care professionals devoted to nuclear disarmament, violence, prevention and environmental health.

*Population Action International
Advancing policies and programs that slow population growth in order to enhance the quality of life for all people.

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy
Enhancing America's communities and countrysides by helping communities convert thousands of miles of abandoned rail corridors, and connecting open space, into a nationwide network of public trails. Also explore: www.trailLink.com and www.trailsandgreenways.org

Rainforest Action Network
Working to protect the Earth's rain forests and support the rights of their inhabitants through education, grassroots organizing, and non-violent direct action.

*River Network
Links activists with information to help monitor, protect and restore rivers and watersheds.

*Scenic America
Preserving and enhancing the scenic character of America's communities and countryside.

*Simply Living
Striving to educate ourselves and others to live responsibly and sustainably in joyful relationship with the earth and each other.

Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC)
National network of high school and college organizations and activists dedicated to building power among students and youth involved in environmental and social justice action.

Trust for Public Land
Resources on urban conservation, conservation funding, smart-growth strategies, state and local land and watershed conservation initiatives, and green cities.

Union of Concerned Scientists
Citizens and scientists augmenting rigorous scientific analysis with innovative thinking and committed citizen advocacy to build a cleaner, healthier environment and a safer world.

*United Nations Foundation
Supporting the goals and objectives of the UN through its focus on four of the most pressing challenges facing the world in the 21st century — children's health, the environment, peace, security & human rights and women and population.

*Water Use It Wisely
A water conservation community awareness program in Arizona that is receiving national acclaim, and is being adopted by other regions of the country. Excellent source of information on how to conserve water.

*World Resources Institute
An environmental think tank that goes beyond research to create practical ways to protect the Earth and improve people's lives.

World Watch Institute
Fostering the evolution of an environmentally sustainable society through the conduct of inter-disciplinary non-partisan research on emerging global environmental issues, the results of which are widely disseminated throughout the world.

Zero Population Growth
Working to slow population growth and achieve a sustainable balance between the Earth's people and its resources.

 
 
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