Press Releases

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

December 9, 2013

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair Ron Wyden today introduced a logging bill that, in its current form, would bulldoze bedrock environmental laws to pave the way for dramatic increases in logging. The bill would affect management of over two million acres of federal forest lands in Oregon known as the Oregon & California, or, “O&C,” lands.

December 6, 2013

The National Marine Fisheries Service finalized a rule to set permanent protections for endangered whales from ship strikes.

December 6, 2013

Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act—our nation’s a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction.