Public Lands

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Overseen by agencies including the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service, our public lands are incredibly rich and diverse. 

Our nation’s public lands provide key habitat for nearly 3,000 wildlife and 10,000 plant species, many of which are rare and/or imperiled.  These species are under constant threat from logging and global warming, in addition to the threat posed by drastic funding cuts imposed on the Forest Service, BLM and other agencies.

Through support of legislation such the America’s Wildlife Heritage Act, Defenders of Wildlife works to ensure that the Forest Service and BLM effectively conserve wildlife on federal their lands and receive adequate funding to maintain the lands and wildlife in their care.  We work to defend wildlife on our federal land and waters against damaging legislation, such as bills to authorize oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge or currently protected coastal waters of the outer continental shelf.

Related Links

America’s Wildlife Heritage Act

Funding for Wildlife and Habitat

Energy Policy and Public Land and Water Protection