Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
January 29, 2014

President Obama made a strong commitment to addressing climate change in his 2014 State of the Union address.

January 28, 2014

Farm Bill conferees have released a conference report that includes several major victories for wildlife and natural resource conservation efforts. Environmentalists are touting the bill as a dramatic improvement over the previous House version. The compromise bill is expected to be brought to the House floor this week.

January 28, 2014
Gray Wolf, © Angelique Rea

Late Monday night, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) announced an end to their wolf extermination program in the Frank Church Wilderness Area, this after Defenders and other conservation groups took the issue to federal court earlier this month.

January 18, 2014

Conservationists have taken their effort to halt a wilderness wolf-killing program to the U.S.Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after a federal judge in Idaho rejected their request to stop the unprecedented program Friday afternoon.

January 15, 2014

California Representative George Miller, a longtime champion of America’s environment and natural resources, announced that he will retire at the end of his current term. During his 40-year career on Capitol Hill, Rep. Miller, former chair of the House Natural Resources Committee, became known as one of the country’s most crucial advocates of conservation.

January 15, 2014

U.S. Representative Jim Moran announced today that he will retire after two decades as Congressman for the eighth district in the state of Virginia.

January 7, 2014

A coalition of conservationists, represented by the non-profit environmental law firm Earthjustice, today asked a federal judge in Idaho to halt an unprecedented program by the U.S. Forest Service and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) to exterminate two wolf packs deep within the largest forested wilderness area in the lower-48 states.

December 23, 2013

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell blocked a proposed road through Alaska’s Izembek National Wildlife Refuge today.

December 17, 2013

Demonstrating Americans’ broad opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition submitted 101,416 comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today favoring continued wolf protections. The comments on behalf of the coalition’s members and supporters in the Pacific West join 1 million comments collected nationwide expressing Americans’ strong disapproval of the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove federal protections from gray wolves across most of the continental United States.

December 16, 2013

December 28th marks the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), our nation’s landmark wildlife conservation law. Despite decades of success and many species saved from extinction, today the ESA is threatened by new and accelerating political threats to significantly undermine or weaken it and the potent spread of misinformation about its effectiveness.