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

There will be no road to ruin in Izembek!

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Izembek National Wildlife Refuge, Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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by Courtney Sexton

As Defenders and many others consistently urged her to do, Secretary Jewell made the right decision – she will not allow a road to be built through some of the most ecologically sensitive land in our nation.

The post There will be no road to ruin in Izembek! appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Wyden’s Logging Bill Slashes Forests and Guts Protections for Endangered Species

WASHINGTON (December 9, 2013) – Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Ron Wyden today introduced a logging bill that, in its current form, would bulldoze bedrock environmental laws to pave the way for dramatic increases in logging. The bill would affect management of over two million acres of federal forest lands in Oregon known as the Oregon & California, or, “O&C,” lands.

The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO, Defenders of Wildlife:

A trip to Florida: celebrating the iconic Florida panther

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by Haley McKey

The footprint was the size of a large dog’s. It seemed unassuming in the Florida mud, surrounded by the cartoonish prints left behind by wild turkeys.  But I knew it belonged to a rare and elusive creature, a state icon. Yes, this was the mark of a Florida panther. Last weekend, I got a first-hand... Read more »

Cut to the Quick: How the Sequester Hurts Wildlife Agencies

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by Defenders of Wildlife

Recent reports illustrate how drastically funding cuts have impacted the important work of wildlife and habitat conservation.

The post Cut to the Quick: How the Sequester Hurts Wildlife Agencies appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

A Whole New World: Sea Level Rise and the Changing Face of the Chesapeake

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Wetlands,  © Joe LeFevre
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by Anderson Shepard

Maryland's Chesapeake Bay region has the largest tidal marsh habitat on the Atlantic Coast, home to many species. Unfortunately, it is extremely vulnerable to sea level rise. We're working with partner groups to create a strategy to preserve this important ecosystem.

It’s all adding up in Ivanpah

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Desert Tortoise, Photo: Justin Ennis / Flickr User Averain
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by Courtney Sexton

Within the Mojave, the Ivanpah Valley has been identified as a critical link between conservation areas for one of the region’s most endangered inhabitants, the desert tortoise. At the same time, the Ivanpah Valley is also under mounting pressure from development of many kinds, including such land use impacts as multiple high-acreage renewable energy projects, electricity and gas transmission lines, a wastewater treatment project, airport and a high-speed rail line.

November is Manatee Awareness Month

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by Elizabeth Fleming

Take some time this month to learn more about these gentle but endangered marine mammals and what you can do to protect them.

The post November is Manatee Awareness Month appeared first on Defenders of Wildlife Blog.

Banking on Nature is Our Best Bet

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by Courtney Sexton

According to the peer reviewed report, Banking on Nature, The National Wildlife Refuge System brings in $2.4 billion and supports over 35,000 jobs annually.

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Are latest land-use plans for the birds?

Bureau of Land Management releases draft plans in National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy

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