Defenders has been at the forefront of wildlife and natural resource litigation and policy since the organization’s inception in 1947. Litigation is one of the essential advocacy tools we use to:
- Ensure the survival of endangered and threatened species
- Protect our public lands from development interests
- Hold federal agencies accountable where they take actions that negatively impact wildlife and habitat
- Enforce our federal environmental and natural resource laws to preserve our natural legacy
Defenders’ attorneys are also legal and policy experts on most of our federal environmental and natural resource laws, including the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, National Forest Management Act, Clean Water Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act and Federal Lands Policy and Management Act.
Our legal team, based in Washington, DC and Denver, CO, works throughout the country at all levels of the federal court system and administrative branch, and in conjunction with biologists, regional experts, local conservation groups and grassroots activists, to aggressively advocate for the protection of endangered and threatened species and imperiled ecosystems.