Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
August 20, 2012

Groups launch fence incentive program to help Yellowstone-area landowners mitigate concerns with free-roaming bison

August 14, 2012

Twenty-four groups send letter to President Barack Obama asking for continued Endangered Species Act protection for wolves in the Pacific Northwest.

July 25, 2012

The Departments of the Interior and Energy released a final plan for solar energy development on public lands in the West, marking a historic milestone in our nation’s effort to accelerate environmentally responsible renewable energy generation that will create jobs, reduce greenhouse gases, and contribute to national energy security.

July 12, 2012

Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks approves wolf trapping, triples bag limit, eliminates quotas for 2012-2013 wolf hunting season.

July 12, 2012

House Ag Committee approves major cuts to conservation funding and damaging policy changes in 2012 Farm Bill.

June 29, 2012

Obama administration to ramp up drilling in Arctic Ocean. Interior Department released 5-year offshore drilling plan.

June 28, 2012

Defenders filed a petition to extend protections for North Atlantic right whales from boat collisions

June 21, 2012

Yesterday, the Senate passed an amendment to the Farm Bill that requires farmers who receive taxpayer-funded crop insurance subsidies to take adequate steps to protect the land and prevent water pollution, a vital conservation measure that helps protect hundreds of thousands of acres of land across the nation. However, the broader bill cuts overall funding for land, water and wildlife conservation by more than 25 percent, with potentially serious consequences.

June 21, 2012

Crucial programs that protect wildlife and habitat were slashed today in a bill approved by the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee. While the bill’s overall funding is reduced by 4 percent, certain programs were singled out for the worst cuts in the bill. The subcommittee bill cuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by more than 20 percent and the land acquisition program under the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 80 percent below the FY 2012 enacted levels.

June 20, 2012

Yesterday the House passed a bill that strips environmental protections for hundreds of thousands of square miles of public lands along the U.S. border, including National Parks and wildlife refuges. It also lifts key protections for several other national wilderness and forest areas and blocks wildlife conservation measures for sea turtles and migratory birds along the North Carolina coast.