National Wildlife Refuges

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).

Media Advisory: Nation's Ten Most Endangered Wildlife Refuges to be Announced Friday, October 8th

Press Conferences To Be Held Around the Country

(09/21/2004) - Washington , D.C. – Defenders of Wildlife will release its first annual Ten Most Endangered Wildlife Refuges report on Friday, October 8th to kick off National Wildlife Refuge Week (October 10-16). The report identifies ten refuges facing the most serious and immediate environmental abuses this year.  

Senate Budget Rebuffs White House on Arctic

Statement of Rodger O. Schlickeisen, President, Defenders of Wildlife on House and Senate Budget Proposals and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge


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