Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
June 16, 2015

The just-completed House Interior appropriations bill includes a number of anti-wildlife riders.

June 11, 2015

Montana wildlife officials today announced the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement to establish guidelines for when, where and how wild bison can be restored across Montana. When completed, this statewide bison management plan will guide future bison restoration in the state.

June 9, 2015

The House Subcommittee on Interior Appropriations has sent its markup for the Department of the Interior appropriations bill to the House floor.

June 5, 2015

Today the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the Soda Mountain Solar Project over the objections of wildlife and desert conservation advocates, scientists, the BLM’s Desert Advisory Committee, five former National Park Service superintendents and local citizens. The project is a massive 264-megawatt solar energy plant located only one mile from the border to the Mojave National Preserve, right in the heart of the California desert.

June 2, 2015

As part of an effort to reduce the impacts associated with utility-scale solar development on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) gave the green light to the first projects within a Solar Energy Zone – an area identified by the agency for solar development. The final environmental review documents were released today for projects at the Dry Lake Solar Energy Zone located in Clark County, outside of Las Vegas, Nevada. This is a significant step in the implementation of the BLM’s Solar Energy Program, which aims to reduce impacts on wildlife and habitat related to solar energy development.

May 29, 2015

Wildlife biologists just confirmed that the wolf-like animal shot by a hunter outside of Kremmling on April 26 was an endangered gray wolf.

May 28, 2015

Today Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced the release of fourteen remaining proposed final Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service conservation plans for the greater sage-grouse, an imperiled species that lives on more than 60 million acres of public lands in the American West.

May 27, 2015

Defenders of Wildlife today applauded the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for resolving confusion created by previous court decisions about Clean Water Act jurisdiction, restoring protections for 60 percent of the nation’s wetlands and rivers and helping one in three Americans gain better access to uncontaminated drinking water.

May 15, 2015
Lesser Prairie Chicken, © Joel Sartore

Today the House of Representatives voted to include in the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) an amendment proposed by Rep. Lucas (R-OK) which jeopardizes the recovery and continued existence of the lesser prairie chicken and American burying beetle by removing their protections under the Endangered Species Act and preventing future listing and conservation action.

May 5, 2015

A bill that would have given control of state bison management to county politicians instead of state Fish, Wildlife and Parks biologists – a proposal rejected by three-fourths of Montanans according to recent polling – was vetoed yesterday by Montana Governor Steve Bullock. The move was applauded by Native American tribes, conservation organizations and hunters who strongly opposed the bill citing concerns that it would have created a patchwork of inconsistent laws across the state, wreaking havoc on wild bison restoration in Montana and undermining state wildlife management authority.