The Kansas Wildlife Federation is a 61-year old grassroots organization of hunters, anglers and concerned wildlife conservationists dedicated to the sustainable use, conservation, appreciation, and the restoration of our state’s wildlife and natural environment. We approach this mission primarily from the perspective of hunting and fishing, which are important traditions in Kansas. Over 500,000 hunters and anglers spend close to one billion dollars in the state each year.
Mission: The Kansas Wildlife Federation promotes hunting and fishing opportunities and associated recreation for the benefit of all hunters and anglers. KWF supports the sustainable use and management of fish and wildlife and their habitats through education, partnerships, outreach and policy oversight.
Through its long history, KWF has achieved many conservation victories such as these past and current activities.
Conserving & Protecting Wildlife & Habitat
- Supported the reintroduction of Golden Eagles to Kansas with a release program developed in partnership with the Topeka Zoo, zoos across the nation, Westar Energy and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism.
- Worked with other environmental groups to keep water flowing into Cheyenne Bottoms and Quivira National Wildlife Refuge — world renown waterfowl habitats and hunting grounds.
- Contributed to the restoration of wetlands at Jamestown and Slate Creek Wildlife Areas.
Advocating for Wildlife & Outdoor Enthusiasts
- Evaluate and inform KWF members of legislation and regulations before national and state Legislatures and environmental and natural resource agencies.
- Developed the Kansas Conservation Coalition, a statewide network of Kansas conservation organizations to maximize wildlife benefits from the federal Farm Bill and other state and federal programs.
- As an affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation, KWF represents its membership regarding positions established at its annual meeting.
- Supports the right to hunt and the development of voluntary public access to hunting and fishing.
- Supports the national initiative to restore protections for wetlands, streams and other waters under the Clean Water Act.
Informing & Educating
- Publishes KWF Outdoor Kansas, a bi-monthly newsletter relating to conservation issues, fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching activities.
- Educates Kansas children about nature and outdoor skills at our annual Outdoor Adventure Camp and other related events.
- Since 1965, hosts the annual Conservation Achievements Program recognizing individuals, organizations and businesses that have made significant contributions toward the protection and wise use of Kansas’ natural resources.