Congress votes to protect endangered wildlife over special interests
On July 27, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-202 to strip a provision from the Interior funding bill that would have prevented any new species from being added to the endangered species list.
Supreme Court denies Big Agriculture’s attempt to overturn EPA decision on carbofuran
In May 2011, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case challenging a 2009 decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which mandated that as of December 31, 2009 no domestically grown food crop could be grown with carbofuran, a highly toxic chemical that has killed millions of wild birds.
Powerful new database displays wildlife and conservation projects across the nation
How does the conservation project you are working on fit into your watershed? Who’s fighting invasive species, providing fish passage or trying to bring back beaver in your area? Is anyone else surveying for frogs? Find out on the Conservation Registry. And, while you’re looking around, think about what project you could add to the website.
U.S. House of Representatives votes to strengthen offshore drilling oversight
Cleaning oiled wildlife is a dirty, difficult job. But an even bigger challenge is creating effective conservation laws that prevent disasters like this in the first place—and that make a lasting difference for protecting imperiled species and habitats. So when the U.S House of Representatives passed the CLEAR Act on July 30, 2010, the victory represented years of dedicated efforts by Defenders of Wildlife’s science, policy and government relations experts.
Federal court halts Chukchi Sea development activities pending environmental review
On July 21, 2010, a federal judge suspended oil and gas drilling activities associated with Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 because the government did not undertake a proper analysis of the potential consequences of drilling in the ecologically sensitive area.
State Parks Board increases opportunities for habitat restoration funding
In July 2010, in a 5-0 vote, the Colorado State Parks Board approved sweeping changes to the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program that will give habitat restoration and law enforcement proposals the opportunity to receive a portion of the funds collected from OHV registration fees.