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NWF prospered during the Jay Hair years.

While Dr. Jay D. Hair was President, 1981-1995, NWF grew in conservation leadership and program muscle

Reaching out to the corporate community for an expanded and positive dialog with business leaders was one of Jay Hair's first major initiatives. In 1982, NWF launched its Corporate Conservation Council, a group of business leaders that regularly meets with NWF staff. More than a dozen energy, paper, chemical and power companies joined NWF's effort to get beyond the "us vs. them" in discussions of environmental issues.

The formation of this innovative council was a harbinger of greater accomplishments to flow from NWF's work in the 14 years that Jay D. Hair was its Chief Executive Officer.

During those years, NWF's annual revenues from its members and supporters increased from $37 million to $101 million. More than $1 billion was raised by NWF for conservation during this period. Its ability to communicate with concerned citizens at the grassroots level and impel them to action throughout the country also increased substantially. These constituents are as diverse as the wildlife habitats they help protect. Together NWF constituents make up a broad conservation consensus supporting the premise that America's strength lies in how wisely it protects and uses its natural resources.

Some of the other conservation highlights during the time Hair was President and Chief Executive Officer include the following actions by NWF:

1983: Worked as a key power behind passage of the Coastal Barrier Resources Act that established a comprehensive national program to protect fragile barrier islands and beaches.

1984: Joined with three other environmental groups and eight states in a lawsuit against the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, seeking to reduce sulfur dioxide emissions under the terms of the Clean Air Act.

1085: Convinced a federal court to block use of toxic lead shot for waterfowl hunting in 22 counties of five states because lead shot poisoning was threatening the endangered bald eagle in those areas.

1986: Achieved a victory for wildlife living on U.S. lands when a federal judge ordered a Wyoming rancher to remove his 28-mile wire fence surrounding public lands. This allowed a pronghorn herd to reach the Red Rim feeding grounds it has used for thousands of winters.

1987: Convinced a federal judge to stop Consumer Power Company's hydroelectric plant in Ludington, Michigan, from discharging dead fish into Lake Michigan in violation of the Clean Water Act. A 1981 study had determined that the plant's six turbine pumps trapped and killed millions of fish each year, later spewing them into Lake Michigan.

1988: After a four-year struggle, succeeded with other groups in convincing Congress to reauthorize the Endangered Species Act. Helped convince lawmakers to increase funding for the law to $66 million from its long-stagnant level of $59 million.

1989: Recognizing the rise of Asia, NWF began to work closely with Japan, the world's top foreign aid donor and the country which may have the greatest impact on the global environment apart from the United States. NWF also played a leading role in prompting the U.S. Congress to enact "Debt-for-Nature Swap" legislation to promote the practice of forgiving a nation's debt in exchange for conservation measures.

1990: Launched its "Cool It!" program on 240 college campuses. The program challenges college students to develop continuing campus projects that fight climate change and encourage "green" campus practices by decreasing energy and water use.

1991: Contributed to important progress on National Flood Insurance reform with its support of legislation to assist in voluntarily relocating residents of property highly threatened by erosion or flooding. NWF's grassroots efforts helped increase awareness in flood-zone communities that undeveloped coastal flood plains are protective buffers that keep shore waters clean, protect economically important fisheries and drinking water supplies and provide wildlife habitat.

1992: Played a key role in ensuring that environmental protection became an important aspect of the North American Free Trade Agreement negotiations among Canada, the United States and Mexico. NWF President Jay D. Hair was subsequently appointed to the U.S. Trade Representative's Investment Policy Advisory Committee.

1993: Received recognition for its accomplishments in promoting sustainability by the White House; Jay Hair appointed to the President's Council on Sustainable Development.

1994: Initiated "Earth Tomorrow: An Urban Challenge," the first urban environmental education program to help city teenagers learn to appreciate and conserve resources in their schools and neighborhoods. Jay Hair elected President of IUCN - the World Conservation Union.

1995: Between 1979 and 1995, NWF's Surface Mining Project tracked down more than 2,000 controllers of unreclaimed mine sites and forced them to pay for cleanup as required by federal law. The program has resulted in millions of dollars of mine cleanup nationwide. In August, upon Jay Hair's resignation, the Federation board of directors voted unanimously to appoint him President Emeritus of NWF.
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Title Annotation:achievements of former National Wildlife Federation president Jay Hair
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Date:Apr 1, 1996
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