Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
June 26, 2015

“Congressmen Pearce and Gosar have introduced a death sentence for the Mexican gray wolf in their latest legislative proposal. Their bill (HR2910), introduced yesterday, would remove Endangered Species Act protections for the Mexican gray wolf. This is the most endangered population of wolves in the country, yet these representatives have made it their mission to force it into extinction.

June 25, 2015
Dry riverbed, © NOAA

Today Representative Valadao (R-CA) introduced a so-called drought relief bill that could have devastating impacts on California’s rapidly-dwindling wetlands and imperiled wildlife, especially salmon and migratory birds. The bill overrides critical federal endangered species protections and undermines environmental laws under the guise of making more water available for consumption.

June 23, 2015

Conservation groups outraged by death of red wolf mother.

June 18, 2015

The Senate Appropriations Committee has passed a Department of the Interior appropriations bill riddled with anti-environmental amendments.

June 17, 2015

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (RI) and Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17) introduced the SAFE Act today.

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.