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Safeguarding Habitat Program

The goal of this program is to protect terrestrial and marine habitats and wildlife critical for the preservation of biodiversity. Focus is placed on protecting functioning ecosystems, including core, intact habitats, buffer zones, and wildlife corridors on both private and public lands. Wildlife communities of interest include far-ranging carnivores, fish, migratory birds, pollinators, and other keystone indicators of ecosystem health. Projects of interest include both ecosystem-based management solutions and local projects that serve as real-world case studies.

The Turner Foundation invests in select national and priority state level efforts to conserve wildlife and habitat. States with priority consideration include South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Montana, New Mexico, and Alaska. In addition, the foundation prioritizes the following regions for wildlife and habitat conservation grantmaking: the Southeastern Coastal Plain (specifically GA and SC); the Florida Panhandle and the Red Hills Region of north Florida and southwest Georgia; the Sky Islands region of southwestern NM, southeastern Arizona, and northern Mexico; the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem north to the transboundary Flathead; and south central/southeastern Alaska.

Internationally, the Turner Foundation supports salmon and marine conservation in the Russian Far East and along the central coast of British Columbia.

Program Initiatives

  • Public & Private Land Conservation
  • Wildlife & Fishery Conservation
  • Marine Conservation

Featured Grantees

  • The Xerces Society

    The Xerces Society is a nonprofit organization that protects wildlife through the conservation of invertebrates and their habitat. Established in 1971, the Xerces Society is at the forefront of invertebrate protection worldwide, using advocacy, education, and applied research to defend invertebrates from habitat degradation and population decline. The Xerces Society recieves support from the Turner Foundation to support its Bring Back the Pollinators Campaign. Nearly 85 percent of the world's flowering plants depend upon pollinators - typically bees - to reproduce. This includes more than two-thirds of the world's crop species. The Bring Back the Pollinators Campaign helps farmers adopt bee-friendly practices and restore pollinator habitat, and provides real-world solutions to bee declines with training that reaches thousands of farmers, US Department of Agriculture staff, Cooperative Extension educators, and state agencies each year.

  • International Crane Foundation

    The International Crane Foundation's (ICF) mission is to work worldwide to conserve cranes and the ecoystems, watersheds, and flyways on which they depend. ICF has 40 staff members and a network of hundreds of specialists working in over 50 countries on five continents, including major regional programs in sub-Saharan Africa, East Asia, South/Southeast Asia, and North America. The Turner Foundation supports ICF's important work on whooping cranes, a federally-listed endangered species. ICF is actively working to reintroduce a second, self-sustaining migratory flock of whooping cranes to reduce the likelihood of extinction for the species due to disease, natural disaster, or habitat threats that could affect the last naturally ocurring population.

  • Conservation Fund

    The Conservation Fund (the Fund) is one of the nation's foremost environmental nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting America's land and water legacy. The Fund is known for its collaborative approach to conservation, working in partnership with communities, corporations, and governments to develop innovative solutions to complex challenges. Across all 50 states, the Fund is working to preserve the country's unmatched natural resources, safeguarding wildlife habitat, working farms and forests, community greenspace, and historic sites. Since 1985, the Fund and its partners have protected more than 6.9 million acres valued in excess of $5 billion, including national parks and national wildlife refuges, state forests, state parks, and wildlife management areas and community-protected open space.