(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.
(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
(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
(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
Rodger Schlickeisen President, Defenders of Wildlife
(12/14/1999) - President Clinton’s two announcements today of additional lands
to be protected and of Interior Secretary Babbitt’s new monument proposals
represent news that can rightfully be called historic. The Clinton-Gore
Administration is often cited for its importance to the economy and education,
but future historians may emphasize its land legacy even more.