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Conservation groups told the Kern County Board of Supervisors today that a large-scale wind-energy project proposed for the southern Sierra Nevada needs to go back to the drawing board and be redesigned to avoid risks to endangered California condors, golden eagles and other rare bird species. The groups filed a legal challenge in Kern County Superior Court seeking to reopen the environmental review for the 100-plus-turbine wind project approved by the county last month.
Jamie Rappaport Clark, Defenders of Wildlife’s president and former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, welcomed the Obama administration’s effort to frame a new conservation vision for the more than 150 million acres that make up America’s National Wildlife Refuge System.
Conservation groups today asked a federal court in Washington, D.C., to hold the National Marine Fisheries Service accountable for its role in the shrimp trawl-related deaths of endangered sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico.
Jamie Rappaport Clark takes the helm as president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife. Clark has been with Defenders for seven years as the executive vice president.
WASHINGTON (October 4, 2011) – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) published a proposed rule today that would remove federal protections for endangered gray wolves in Wyoming. USFWS is moving forward with the delisting even though the state wolf management plan has yet to be approved by the Wyoming legislature. As currently written, the plan treats wolves as predators, allowing the animals to be killed at any time by any means across nearly 90 percent of the state, including on the public’s national forests where wildlife management is a core purpose. Wolves in the rest of the state could still be killed with a hunting license, and this licensed hunting area will expand seasonally to allow for dispersing wolves. Inside Yellowstone National Park, wolves will remain fully protected.
A coalition of Alaska Native and conservation groups head to court today to challenge the Obama administration’s decision to allow offshore oil drilling by Shell Oil in the Beaufort Sea in America’s Arctic Ocean.
A national coalition of 56 policy and advocacy organizations is urging Congress to preserve funding for essential U.S. Department of Agriculture conservation programs and to take additional steps to enhance soil, water quality and wildlife on agricultural land. The coalition outlined a set of key principles that lawmakers should observe as they write the Conservation Title of the 2012 farm bill and seek ways to trim the federal deficit.
Governors across the country have proclaimed the third week in September as “Watch Out for Wildlife Week,” in order to raise public awareness of the dangers roads pose to people and wildlife and the practical solutions to make them safer.
HELENA, Mont. (September 15, 2011) – Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) released today a draft plan for relocating about 150 long-quarantined, disease-free Yellowstone bison. If approved, the genetically-important bison would be moved later this year from quarantine facilities near the park to four interim sites in Montana: two state wildlife management areas and two Native American reservations. The moves are an interim step pending the development of a statewide bison conservation strategy
WASHINGTON (Sept. 1, 2011) – When members of Congress return next week, they could consider at least 13 different legislative proposals to undercut endangered species protections, according to a comprehensive report released today by Defenders of Wildlife. Assault on Wildlife: The Endangered Species Act under attack details current legislative attacks on America’s plants and animals and assesses how each one would eviscerate wildlife conservation efforts.