Habitat Conservation

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

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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.

Babbitt Manassas Visit Highlights Upcoming Land Legislation

(09/23/1999) - Conservationists say that Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt’s visit to the Manassas National Battlefield Park in Manassas, Virginia, today highlights an historic opportunity to preserve not only Civil War sites but also invaluable lands, wildlife, and coastal areas elsewhere in the region and the nation.

"President Clinton, Interior Secretary Babbitt, and some legislators in both parties are presenting the country with an historic opportunity to protect the nation’s most valuable but unprotected natural and

OUTFRONT: A defenders roundup

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Coming to Light 

“Over the past decade, millions of animals have met a grim fate at the hands of a ‘hit-man-for- hire’ arm of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), which gets away with operating like a private contractor while taxpayers like you and me foot the bill,” says Charlotte Conley, a Defenders’ conservation associate.

Stepping it up for Sage-Grouse

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Reducing ranching hazards in the sagebrush sea

East-central Montana is a beautiful but brutal landscape in December. Wind whips and snow drifts across the rugged, open scrublands. In this harsh climate lives the sage-grouse, a plucky bird that once thrived across the sagebrush sea. Today, however, the population is plummeting from habitat loss. 

Worth Defending: Sonoran Pronghorn

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Sonoran Pronghorn

With an oblong face and a black nose splotch, the Sonoran pronghorn stands out against the cacti-strewn landscape of the American Southwest. It is also one of the rarest of the five subspecies of American pronghorn. Smaller and lighter than its cousins, it shares their ability to blaze across the landscape as fast as 60 miles an hour. But it was never as numerous. This makes their recovery all the more difficult. 

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