Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
June 19, 2013

Defenders of Wildlife and the Center for Biological Diversity filed a lawsuit today challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) decision last year to cancel its proposal to protect the dunes sagebrush lizard under the Endangered Species Act. According to the groups, the FWS violated the Endangered Species Act by relying on a voluntary conservation plan by the state of Texas in which the state maintains that individual agreements with landowners to conserve the lizards’ habitat cannot be made available to the FWS or the public. Moreover, administration of the agreements is overseen by the very oil and gas executives who directly benefit from habitat destruction in the lizards’ habitat.

June 14, 2013

The Bureau of Land Management released a final Environmental Impact Statement evaluating the effects of the proposed SunZia Southwest Transmission Project. SunZia Transmission, LLC, a private company, proposes to construct two 500-kV electric transmission lines across 500 miles from Lincoln County, NM to Pinal County, AZ.

June 13, 2013

Defenders of Wildlife has launched a radio ad campaign in North Carolina to advocate for wildlife and balanced beach access at Cape Hatteras National Seashore.

June 7, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing to relist the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies while proposing to remove the Endangered Species Act protection from all other gray wolves throughout the United States. If finalized, gray wolf protection will be at the discretion of individual states, and only Mexican gray wolves will still be protected by the Endangered Species Act.

June 6, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its proposal today to strip federal protections for gray wolves nationwide except for Mexican gray wolves in the Southwest.

May 23, 2013

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden today released a framework for management of Oregon’s O&C forests.

May 21, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife has delayed indefinitely its proposal to strip federal Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves nationwide

May 3, 2013

The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service released yesterday its draft Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem (NCDE) Grizzly Bear Conservation Strategy.

April 30, 2013

The National Academy of Sciences released today a report addressing scientific questions related to the impacts of pesticides on wildlife.

April 26, 2013

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to relist the Mexican gray wolf as an endangered subspecies