About

Welcome to California Wildlife Foundation

California Wildlife Foundation is committed to conserving, restoring and maintaining habitats and corridor linkages throughout the state in order to ensure the biological diversity of species over time.

Since 1990, CWF has administered large-scale acquisitions, ambitious restoration of land and water projects, development of management plans, and worked with partners to maintain these special places for the benefit of people, plants and wildlife.

California Wildlife participates in large and small education and outreach efforts that engage people – young and old -- in appropriate site specific recreation and science-based learning on public lands and waters.

California Wildlife Foundation was created in 1990 by a group led by the then Resources Agency Secretary to support the work of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (formerly California Department of Fish and Game). Over the next 25 years, CWF expanded its reach to partner with federal, state, regional and local agencies. CWF works with land trusts and other non profit organization to implement wildlife and habitat projects on lands and easement-covered lands for public benefit.

Since 1990, the California Wildlife Foundation (CWF) has worked to protect the state’s wildlife species. The foundation supports programs of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and its partners, manages funds designated to strengthen the stewardship efforts and long-term management of publicly-held wildlife areas and reserves, facilitates the development of regional land management plans, practices sound land use and science in its conservation and restoration projects, and promotes the judicious and ethical use of California’s wild resources through educational and recreational activities that encourage people to appreciate, respect and perpetuate the state’s rich diversity of plant and animal life.

CWF’s primary role is to provide fiscal and administrative management services for agency-approved projects and programs. CWF’s project revenue comes from a variety of sources including grants, mitigation and program fees, as well as contributions. CWF manages investing mitigation and project funds for specific agency-directed projects. It assists professionals with scientific research projects and education. It publishes and distributes conservation information to businesses, schools, landowners, and community leaders.

GOVERNANCE An independent volunteer Board of Trustees provides program oversight and sets the financial policies under which the foundation operates. CWF works closely with agency staff members to ensure quality results. BOARD OF TRUSTEES Jim Lightbody Chair 408/234-9893 lightbody@yahoo.com Ellen Maldonado Secretary 510/290-3464 ellenmaldonado@sbcglobal.net Hal Browder Treasurer 559/658-7231 browder@sti.net Lynn Barris Member 530/893-5243 lbarris@lbarris.com Tom Gaman Member 415/237-0075 tgaman@forestdata.com STAFF Janet Cobb Executive Officer 428 13th Street, Ste 10A Oakland 94612 510/763-0211 jscobb@californiawildlifefoundation.org

OUR PARTNERS United States Fish and Wildlife Service Ocean Protection Council California Department of Fish and Wildlife California State Coastal Conservancy Council for Environmental Education Regional Water Authority San Diego Association of Governments Western Governors Association Department of Water Resources Endangered Habitats Conservancy Carrizo Plains Land Trust Northern California Regional Land Trust Placer Land Trust Pt Blue Natural Resources Defense Council Butte Environmental Center American River Conservancy Heyday Books