Habitat Conservation

When habitats are threatened, so are the animals who live there.

Environmental Groups Report Public Lands Funding Gap

(05/08/2002) - WASHINGTON – Citing major shortfalls in funding for public lands, Defenders of Wildlife and other national environmental groups today released This Land Is Our Land: Saving America’s Natural Heritage and called on Congress to increase funding for wildlife and wildlands.

The report highlights 18 on-the-ground examples that demonstrate how funding cuts and shortfalls in important natural resource programs are undermining protection of imperiled and declining

Court Rejects Lawsuit Against National Monuments: Rebuts Challenge to Six Clinton-Era Monuments

(11/16/2001) - WASHINGTON -- U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman dismissed a lawsuit challenging President Clinton's application of the Antiquities Act of 1906 and reaffirmed the presidential power to establish national monuments to protect public lands with significant natural values.

Senate Abandons Family Farms and Conservation

(08/03/2001) - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate today yielded to pressure from the White House and Senate Republican leadership to strip vital conservation programs from a major agriculture supplemental spending bill, which "gives the bum’s rush to stewardship-minded farmers across the country," according to Defenders of Wildlife President Rodger Schlickeisen. After losing a vote to stop senators from filibustering the funds for the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP), Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), and Farmland

Defenders Applauds Harkin Conservation Victory

(07/25/2001) - WASHINGTON -- Senator Tom Harkin’s victory today in winning committee approval of funding in the FY2002 Agriculture Supplemental bill for key agricultural conservation programs is "the best news stewardship-minded farmers have received from Washington, D.C., in a very long time," said Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife.

Senator Harkin, who chairs the Senate Agriculture Committee, overcame opposition from the White House and committee Republicans to

Funding Panel Shortchanges Agriculture Conservation

(06/13/2001) - WASHINGTON – Thirty-eight conservation and sustainable agriculture organizations are asking the House Appropriations Committee to provide funding for three key agricultural conservation programs that were zero-funded last Wednesday by the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee. The subcommittee bill zeroed budgets for three popular conservation incentive programs – the Wetlands Reserve Program (WRP), the Farmland Protection Program (FPP), and the Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP).

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