Habitat Conservation

Success Stories

Polar Bears Win in Climate Change Related Ruling >
On October 17, 2011, a federal judge struck down a Bush administration rule that exempted greenhouse gas emissions from regulation under provisions of the Endangered Species Act.

Extinction Rider Defeated with Strong Bipartisan Support >
On July 27, 2011, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 224-202 to strip a provision from the Interior funding bill that would have prevented any new species from being added to the endangered species list.

Mapping Tool Brings Industry and Conservation Groups Together to Help the Environment >
The Conservation Registry is a free online conservation tool developed by Defenders of Wildlife and partners in 2008. With 14,000 wildlife and conservation projects mapped across the United States, the Conservation Registry provides much needed context for environmental decision-making.

Arctic Wildlife Gains Protections from Big Oil >
On July 21, 2010, a federal judge suspended oil and gas drilling activities associated with Chukchi Sea Lease Sale 193 because the government did not undertake a proper analysis of the potential consequences of drilling in the ecologically sensitive area.

A CLEAR Win for Wildlife >
When the U.S House of Representatives passed the CLEAR Act on July 30, 2010, strengthening oversight of offshore drilling, the victory represented years of dedicated efforts by Defenders of Wildlife’s science, policy and government relations experts.

Win for Colorado Habitats >
In July 2010, in a 5-0 vote, the Colorado State Parks Board approved sweeping changes to the Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program that will give habitat restoration and law enforcement proposals the opportunity to receive a portion of the funds collected from OHV registration fees.

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Sonoran Pronghorn,  © Mark Milburn
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Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman
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