Habitat Conservation

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

A Sage-Grouse Natural History

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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 [...]

Restoring California’s Native Grasslands

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Grasslands, © Alan Vernon / Flickr
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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.

Lights out for Calico Solar

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The sun is finally setting on the poorly-planned Calico Solar project, which would have been a serious threat to the desert tortoise, burrowing owl, golden eagle and other creatures of the Mojave desert.

Crossing the Line: Senate Immigration Bill Unnecessarily Harms Wildlife

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We don't think that the U.S. should have to trade our environmental principles for border security. When walls don't work, and harm wildlife in the process, there has to be a better way.

BLM: Refuse Rights of Way for SunZia

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When renewable energy projects are done right, they are a great way to combat climate change. But the SunZia project threatens to harm some of the most fragile and biologically diverse ecosystems in the southwest.

Sunshine at Cape Hatteras

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Defenders' efforts to stop harmful Cape Hatteras legislation are successful-at least for now.

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:

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