Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases. To see a complete, searchable list of press releases, click here.
March 15, 2012

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced the establishment of a manatee refuge in the waters of Florida’s Kings Bay that will expand protections for manatees at Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

March 13, 2012

The U.S. District Court for Washington, D.C. granted conservation groups’ request to help defend a new National Park Service rule against a lawsuit by an ORV enthusiast group.

March 13, 2012

In its first vote on the issue since 2008, the U.S. Senate today decisively voted down an amendment to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil and gas exploration (vote count 41-57)

March 7, 2012

Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead signed a bill today approving the state’s wolf management plan, which would allow wolves to be killed by anyone at any time by any means across the majority of the state.

March 2, 2012

The retirement of Congressman Norm Dicks is a major loss for our nation’s environment and natural resources. From the day he entered Congress in 1977, Mr. Dicks has been a true champion and force for conservation.

February 26, 2012
Gray Wolf © Michael S Quinton / National Geographic Stock

Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced yesterday that it helped fund USDA Wildlife Services’ removal of 14 wolves in the Lolo zone of the Clearwater National Forest in northern Idaho.

February 20, 2012

The U.S. House today voted to open the Arctic refuge and coastlines to oil drilling under the guise of funding this year’s transportation bill.

February 10, 2012

Today, numerous environmental groups released the Green Budget, which highlights highlights the environmental and conservation communities’ Fiscal Year 2013 National Funding Priorities.

February 10, 2012

“We’re disappointed that some beach driving enthusiasts quickly filed suit against beach driving rules that would protect pedestrians and nesting and young sea turtles and birds within Cape Hatteras National Seashore."

February 7, 2012

The U.S. District Court of D.C. struck down Bush administration regulations yesterday that would have allowed National Fire Plan projects to move forward without consulting the government’s own wildlife experts. Defenders initially challenged the regulations in 2006, arguing that the regulations violated long-standing Endangered Species Act procedures that help protect the environment and imperiled wildlife.