Conservation Values

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We believe it’s important that an organization identify a set of values to help guide its work and fulfill its mission. To that end, WHF has adopted the following values:

  • Quality of Life – Contact with nature is essential to the spiritual quality of life.
  • Supporting Natural Systems – Conserving habitat lands and natural ecosystems in perpetuity is critical to the future of wildlife in developing areas and the people who share the land.
  • Land Management – Agricultural lands, forest, open spaces, and set-aside lands should allow for maximum practicable use by all plant and wildlife species historically present in the region.
  • Landowner Responsibility – Landowners are essential to responsible stewardship for habitat restoration and management.
  • Innovation – Work should focus on land-management techniques that are efficient and produce long-term benefits for wildlife.
  • Science-Based Conservation – Policies should be based on the findings of competent scientists.
  • Public Trust – We place a high priority on supporting projects that protect wildlife as a public trust.
  • Conservation Education – Whenever feasible, open-space lands should be used for conservation education.
  • Partnership for Wildlife – Grassroots wildlife groups working with public conservation agencies are critical to the future of wildlife.
  • Public Access – Whenever feasible, wildlife lands should be used for research, recreation, and education.
  • Trust Funds – We treat funds from public agencies and endowments as though they were our own.
  • Respect for Others – We respect the views of anyone who appreciates conservation of wildlife.
  • Species Protection – We place priority on conserving and protecting native species.