About Us

The Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin is a nonprofit 501c3 that was formed in 1986 as declining budgets severely compromised critical programs of Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources. With the support of our donors and members, the Foundation has boosted private sector investment and involvement for Wisconsin’s lands, waters and wildlife. Here you can learn more about our history and mission, meet our staff and board, and stay connected through news, reports, and our member magazine.

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History & Mission


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Reports & 990s

NRF staff members


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Bridges (magazine)

“There must be some force behind conservation, more universal than profit, less awkward than government, less ephemeral than sport, something that reaches into all times and places where men live on land, something that brackets everything from rivers to raindrops, from whales to hummingbirds, from land-estates to window boxes.”

Aldo Leopold