National Wildlife Refuges

Costly, unnecessary road through Izembek National Wildlife Refuge wilderness threatens nation’s public lands and wildlife

ANCHORAGE – A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups delivered comments from more than 50,000 Alaskan residents and people around the country this week to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, opposing a proposed land swap that would clear the way for an expensive, destructive road to be built through sensitive wetlands and a protected Wilderness area in the heart of Izembek National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

 

Flying in the Dark

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More than a million bats in the eastern United States are estimated to have died since white-nose syndrome was first detected in 2006.

by Madeline Bodin

Saving America's Last Great Wilderness

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is a natural treasure, yet five decades after its founding it remains vulnerable.

By George B. Schaller

Senate votes to protect Arctic National Wildlife Refuge from Big Oil drills

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  • In its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate today decisively voted down an amendment to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration (vote count 41-57).

Court overturns Bush regulations that ignored wildlife impacts

Ruling restores vital role of wildlife experts in forest fire planning

WASHINGTON (Feb. 7, 2012) – The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.

Defenders of Wildlife welcomes Interior Department's new vision for national wildlife refuges

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar sets a course for conservation in new vision for the National Wildlife Refuge System

WASHINGTON (10/20/2011) -

Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife’s president and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, welcomed the Obama administration’s effort to frame a new conservation vision for the more than 150 million acres that make up America's National Wildlife Refuge System.

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