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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


  • 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).

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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