WASHINGTON (July 12, 2012) – The U.S. House of Representatives Agriculture Committee approved a version of the 2012 Farm Bill late last night that includes $6 billion in funding cuts and damaging policy changes to key wildlife conservation programs on America’s working landscapes.
The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president of Defenders of Wildlife:
More than a dozen environmental and Native American groups are appealing a U.S. judge’s February decision to uphold a 2008 drilling lease sale that opened for exploration the Chukchi Sea northwest of Alaska.
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.
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.
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.
Defenders activists were also instrumental in achieving this success—our supporters sent almost half of the 6,000 messages submitted in favor of the reforms.