National Wildlife Refuges

Disastrous Bill Will Exempt Thousands of Acres of Wilderness From Environmental Laws

(05/04/2005) - Washington, DC - The so-called "Real ID" Act, expected to pass the House tomorrow, will expose thousands of acres of public land, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and wilderness areas along the U.S. border to extreme environmental damage, according to Defenders of Wildlife. 

"By exempting the Department of Homeland Security from environmental laws within public lands along the Mexican and Canadian borders, some of our nation's most valuable wilderness areas are

Senate Vote Doesn't End Arctic Fight

Drilling Backers Face Several Higher Hurdles in Near Future, Conservationists Say

(03/16/2005) - WASHINGTON – The U.S. Senate's narrow vote today to leave approval for oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in the larger Budget Resolution is a setback, but just the first round in a long fight, according to Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife. 

Nevada Gets Green Light to Drill for Water in Desert National Wildlife Refuge

Desert Refuge Identified as One of Nation’s Ten Most Endangered Wildlife Refuges in Report Recently Released by Defenders of Wildlife

Arctic Refuge Defenders Battle-Tested and Ready to Fight

(11/11/2004) -

Alaska Coalition * Alaska Wilderness League *
Appalachian Voices * Defenders of Wildlife * Earthjustice * Gwich'in Steering Committee *  National Audubon Society * National Wildlife Federation * Northern Alaska Environmental Center * Sierra Club * Trustees for Alaska *
* U.S. Public Interest Research Group * The Wilderness Society * World Wildlife Fund

Nation's Most Endangered Refuges of 2004 Announced by Defenders of Wildlife

Corporate and Industrial Development Cited as Most Pervasive Threat to Refuges

(10/08/2004) - Washington, D.C. – Growing threats combined with seriously inadequate federal funding and thin congressional support have thrown the country’s national wildlife refuge system into a state of decline over the last several years, declared Defenders of Wildlife days before National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 10-16).


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