Digest of Federal Resource Laws of Interest to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Establishment Act (16 U.S.C. 3701-3709, P.L. 98-244, March 26, 1984, 98 Stat. 107, as amended by P.L. 100-240, January 11, 1988, 101 Stat. 1785, P.L. 100-653, November 14, 1988, 102 Stat. 3834; and P.L. 103-232, 108 Stat. 336) established the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation as a Federally chartered charitable, non-profit corporation to administer donations of real or personal property, or interests therein, in connection with Fish and Wildlife Service programs and conservation activities in the United States.

The law established a governing board of nine directors to be appointed by the Secretary of the Interior and prohibited condemnation by State or local governments of property owned by the Foundation and determined by the Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service to be valuable for purposes of fish and wildlife conservation or management.

The statute also authorized $1 million for a 10-year period for administrative support and authorized the Secretary to provide personnel, facilities, and administrative services for 5 years and to match, on a one-to-one basis, private contributions made to the Foundation.

Public Law 100-240 authorized the Foundation's involvement in international activities, imposed conditions on the Foundation's use of Federal funds for land acquisition, and authorized appropriations of up to $5 million annually for Fiscal Years 1988 through 1993 to match private and other non-Federal contributions and to provide administrative services.

Public Law 100-653 authorized the Foundation to utilize facilities and related support services of the Department of the Interior on a space available, cost-reimbursable basis.

Public Law 101-593, signed into law on November 16, 1990, removed the ceiling on Foundation salaries, prohibits the use of Federal funds for Foundation salaries or administrative expenses, and increases the authorization for appropriation of funds to the Foundation for matching private contributions.

Public Law 103-232, enacted April 11, 1994, expended the number of Directors to 15, added programs of NOAA to the purposes of the Foundation, and increased the authorization for appropriations to $25 million annually through FY 1998.

Public Law 106-408, enacted November 1, 2000, increased the size of the Foundations's Board of Director's from 15 to 25 members, set conditions for the Foundation to acquire and convey property (including agency approval) and invest and deposit Federal funds, prohibits Foundation funds from being used for litigation expenses or for lobbying Congress, and authorizes appropriations of $5 million to the Secretary of Commerce and $20 million to the Secretary of the Interior for the fiscal years 2001 through 2003.

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