Habitat Conservation

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

Saving America’s Last Prairies

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Thanks in great part to agriculture, most of America's prairies are gone today - and with them, species iconic to our Midwest. But two members of Congress are bringing back the effort to prevent our prairies and wetlands from being turned into cropland.

Governor Kitzhaber's New Proposal for Management of O&C Lands Falls Short of Adequately Protecting Oregon’s Natural Heritage, Says Defenders of Wildlife

Washington, D.C. (February 7, 2013) — Oregon Governor Kitzhaber today released a letter outlining his proposed approach to the management of O&C lands following a 4-month dialogue among the conservation, timber industry and county representatives named to his O&C Lands Panel. Below is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark.

Protecting Amphibians

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Amphibian, © Jenn Epstein
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Amphibian, © Jenn Epstein

No Road Through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

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The Department of the Interior has decided against constructing a road through Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.

More Room for Wildlife in San Joaquin County

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The expansion debate of San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge is underway, with an opportunity to protect more than 325 fish and wildlife species on the line. Yet fears and misinformation threaten to halt this effort, placing both wildlife and wetlands in danger.

Senate Passes Sandy Supplement

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The Senate has passed the $50 billion supplemental bill for repairs and restoration after Hurricane Sandy. Could this be our first step on "the path towards sustainable energy sources" President Obama spoke of in his inaugural speech?

Senate Passes $50 Billion Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Bill

WASHINGTON-The Senate passed the Hurricane Sandy supplemental bill yesterday in a historic step towards addressing climate adaptation. The $50 billion bill includes provisions for flood-reducing projects, repairs at national parks and wildlife refuges, and programs to increase the resiliency of coastal habitat and infrastructure in the face of future storms.

Statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark:

A New Plan for the Bay Delta

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The largest estuarine ecosystem on the west coast, the Bay Delta provides critical spawning grounds for fish, pathways for migratory birds, and water for much of the region. Now, as species in the region are declining, we're looking at a new way to manage water in the Bay Delta before it's too late.

A Vote for Our Future: House Passes Hurricane Sandy Bill

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Relief is finally on its way to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, including coastal ecosystems and national wildlife refuges.

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