Defenders of Wildlife helped create the State and Tribal Wildlife Grants Program (SWG) to encourage proactive wildlife conservation by federal agencies, state agencies and Indian tribes. Congress designates approximately $68 million in funding grants to all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and all 6 U.S. territories each year to help the states develop biodiversity conservation programs that will prevent species from becoming endangered.
Logging of old-growth forests has been a controversial topic in the northwest for decades, and today, though there's a clear need for these practices to stop, some are still advocating full speed ahead.
Coral reefs support thousands of species of fish, corals, invertebrates and other creatures - but some collection practices can put all of them in danger. Defenders is working with industry leaders to stop these practices and protect our world's coral reef wildlife.
Stephanie Dashiell, California Desert Associate The excessive heat warnings are not the only reason the Salton Sea is appearing in the news this summer. The Salton Sea is the 525-square-mile saline lake in California’s Imperial and Coachella Valleys created when the Colorado River flooded in 1905 –In 2003, the State of California and four large [...]
Mark Salvo, Federal Lands Policy Analyst The history of the American West is told in the tales of those who traveled, lived and loved the land. For sagebrush grasslands, these narratives often included reference to, reverence of, or concern for one of its most charismatic residents: the sage-grouse. The colorful history of the sage-grouse has [...]
Just 1% of California's native grasslands still exist - but we're part of a group working to make it easier (even profitable!) for more people to help protect and restore these vital landscapes and habitats.