Habitat Conservation

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

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

Unlikely Allies

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In California, an unusual alliance has formed between ranchers and conservationists to protect the state's many acres of rangeland habitat and the wildlife species that depend on them.

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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