Habitat Conservation

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

More than Megawatts

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Wind turbines, © José Luis Gutiérrez / istock

As America moves to cut emissions of carbon pollution and reduce climate change, we will need to move away from fossil fuels and rely on renewable sources of energy. But it takes more than megawatts to be good stewards of our planet. How does the President’s new plan stack up?

The Good and the Bad of the Farm Bill

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Depending on how it's written, the Farm Bill has the power to empower wildlife conservation, or threaten it. This latest incarnation of the Farm Bill saw some of each.

House Defeats Anti-Environmental Farm Bill

Negative impacts on water, lands and wildlife draw bipartisan criticism

 

The following is a statement from Tim Male, vice president of conservation policy at Defenders of Wildlife:

Final Environmental Impact Statement Released for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project

Final EIS Released for SunZia Southwest Transmission Project
Proposal not viable as environmental impacts outweigh touted benefits

TUCSON, AZ (June 14, 2013) – The Bureau of Land Management released a final Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the effects of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. SunZia Transmission, LLC, a private company, proposes to construct two 500-kV electric transmission lines across 500 miles from Lincoln County, NM to Pinal County, AZ.

Defenders of Wildlife Launches Radio Ads to protect Cape Hatteras and wildlife

Senators Hagan and Burr legislation would undermine balanced plan for the park

WASHINGTON, DC (6/13/2013) –– Defenders of Wildlife has launched a radio ad campaign in North Carolina to advocate for wildlife and balanced beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore. It features the voices of North Carolinians speaking out for conservation and against NC Senators Hagan and Burr’s efforts to overturn the successful Cape Hatteras management plan.

Renewed Congressional Assault on Endangered Species

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Florida Manatee, Photo: Jim Reid / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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Just a few months into the new Congress, and threats to wildlife are popping up all over.

Celebrating Panther Protection in South Florida

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Florida panther conservation has come a long way over the years, and we just celebrated a milestone that will help these endangered cats expand their habitat.

Senator Wyden Releases New Plan for Northwest Forest Management

Washington, D.C. (May 23, 2013) — Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today released a framework for management of Oregon’s O&C forests. Below is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, President, Defenders of Wildlife.

"We appreciate Senator Wyden's commitment to resolve conflicts surrounding the management of Northwest forests, but we urge the Senator to proceed carefully. The proposal outlined today has the potential to result in some damaging outcomes if not thoughtfully executed.

Renewable Energy and Wildlife Conservation: New Challenges, New Solutions

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It's a challenge: how do we advance clean energy projects while also protecting sensitive wildlife and their habitat?

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