Habitat Conservation

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

2014 Farm Bill

Congress reauthorizes the Farm Bill every five years. Defenders is working to guide the rulemaking process and implementation of the 2014 Farm Bill to have the greatest positive impact for conservation. We are advocating for regulations that:

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Agriculture and the Farm Bill

Eighty percent of threatened and endangered species rely on privately-owned land for their habitat needs. The majority of this land is managed by farmers, ranchers and forest landowners, and the actions taken on those lands have a big impact on the health of ecosystems. This makes policies and programs for private lands, like federal agricultural policy, an extremely important part of our work to protect wildlife.
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Defenders in Action: BLM Public Lands

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) administers more than 258 million acres of public lands, primarily in the 11 western states and Alaska.
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Turtles and Tourists Thrive at Cape Hatteras National Seashore!

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by Haley McKey

Last week, a federal court upheld Cape Hatteras National Seashore’s beach driving rule, which has led to two consecutive years of great news for sea turtle and piping plover nest rates, along with record tourism numbers.

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Out Front: A Defenders Roundup

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Refuges Before Rockets

Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge in Florida is home to more threatened and endangered species than any other refuge in the continental United States — but that is not stopping a proposal to allow a commercial rocket launch pad that would impact Florida manatees, Florida scrub jays, gopher tortoises and more.

Amended Nevada-California Forest Plan for Imperiled Grouse Released

For Immediate Release

July 7, 2014

Contact:

Erik Molvar, WildEarth Guardians, (307) 399-7910

Courtney Sexton, Defenders of Wildlife, (202) 772-0253

 

Amended Nevada-California Forest Plan for Imperiled Grouse Released

New Humboldt-Toyaibe National Forest draft plan a step in the right direction for unique population of sage-grouse

Summer 2014

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Volume 89, Issue 3
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Refuges in Peril

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by Haley McKey

Each year that our national wildlife refuge system is underfunded means lost opportunities to help endangered species, educate the public and maintain our nation’s wild places.

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First federal sage-grouse plan to be finalized doesn’t fly with conservationists

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Courtney Sexton, Defenders of Wildlife: csexton@defenders.org; 202-772-0253

 

First federal sage-grouse plan to be finalized doesn’t fly with conservationists

Lander Resource Management Plan released as part of national strategy; not the best for the birds

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