Habitat Conservation

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

Sally Jewell Confirmed as Next Secretary of the Interior

Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2013) — Secretary of the Interior Nominee Sally Jewell has been successfully confirmed this evening by an 87-11 Senate vote. Below is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife President Jamie Rappaport Clark.

President’s Budget Works for Wildlife

Washington, D.C. (April 10, 2013) —Today the Obama administration released its 2014 budget plan, which provides vital funding for Department of the Interior wildlife conservation programs.

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

Wilderness Today, Wine Country Tomorrow?

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As the climate changes, the best land to produce grapes for wine is shifting - right into vital wildlife habitat.

Chugach National Forest: Shaped by Rock, Ice and the Ocean

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Humans and wildlife alike rely on Alaska's Chugach National Forest, so we're working with the U.S. Forest Service to determine how climate change will impact this 7-million-acre network of ecosystems.

Coal Mining Drives Decline of Freshwater Fish

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In the southeast U.S., coal mines are putting the nation's most diverse populations of freshwater fish and mussels at risk.

Tropical Trees Get a Respite at CITES

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Logging of rosewood trees around the world has led to devastating losses of wildlife habitat and human lives. This year, our team at CITES helped establish better international protections for these trees, a great step toward stopping the vicious cycle.

Murkowski/Landrieu Dirty Energy Proposal a Non-starter

March 20, 2013-WASHINGTON, D.C– Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) unveiled their proposal to increase the amounts states receive from federal offshore oil and gas revenues. The measure would continue to give half of the federal revenues from on-shore energy projects to host states and would give up to 37.5 % of federal energy revenues produced off-shore to coastal states. The following is a statement on the proposal from Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark:

The Clearest Way into Alaska is Through a Forest Wilderness

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From the concrete jungle of Washington, DC to the pristine wilderness of Alaska - that's the journey our new Alaska Representative has made. And she'll be the first to tell you - it was worth it.

The Murray Budget: A Path Forward for Conservation and Clean Energy

The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife on the release of the FY 2014 Senate Budget Resolution by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray:

“The Murray and Ryan budgets are polar opposites.

Big Price to Pay for Ryan’s Budget

Washington, D.C. (March 12, 2013)—House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his 2014 budget plan today. The plan includes harmful measures that would:
• Incentivize the sale of America’s public lands
• Curb protection of additional lands at a time when we are losing open space
• Further slash already reduced natural resource management agency budgets at a time when they need to strategically respond to climate change and other large scale environmental threats; and

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