Habitat Conservation

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

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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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?

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