Press Releases

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

February 3, 2012

"While the increase comes as good news for these highly endangered animals, the small population of 58 lobos is still extremely vulnerable. Wolves are smart, adaptable animals, but they can’t make it alone. New releases of wolves in Arizona and New Mexico are urgently needed to ensure a healthy population." - Eva Sargent, southwest director, Defenders of Wildlife

February 1, 2012

Republican leaders of the House Natural Resources Committee today did the bidding of Big Oil once again and voted to open up the pristine Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the protected eastern Gulf of Mexico and Alaska’s Bristol Bay to oil drilling all under the pretext of funding this year’s transportation bill.

January 30, 2012

The Interior Department is moving to finalize the nation’s first solar energy program for public lands with the closing of the public comment period today.

January 26, 2012

The Obama administration today proposed a new forest-planning rule that will guide the management of 155 nationals forests and grasslands across the United States.

January 20, 2012

The National Park Service (NPS) today announced new rules to manage off-road vehicle traffic on beaches so nesting and baby sea turtles and birds as well as pedestrians are protected in Cape Hatteras National Seashore, according to conservation groups.

January 18, 2012
Florida Panther,  © SuperStock

Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar today announced the creation of the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area in an effort to preserve the community’s ranching heritage and conserve the headwaters and fish and wildlife of the Everglades.