Press Releases

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

“The Keystone Pipeline could seriously affect the health of the water, lands and wildlife in its path and the Obama administration was right to reject it because Congress did provide adequate time to fully review these impacts."

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.

January 3, 2012

Defenders of Wildlife mourns the passing of David Gaillard. Dave was buried in an avalanche Saturday afternoon while cross-country skiing near Pilot Peak in the Shoshone National Forest south of Cooke City, Montana.

December 30, 2011

A lone dispersing wolf from Oregon, known as OR7, has crossed the border into northern California.

December 21, 2011

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that it will be removing federal protections for gray wolves in the western Great Lakes, including parts of Wisconsin, Minnesota and Michigan.

December 20, 2011

Defenders of Wildlife praised the first large-scale solar power plant approved to be built on public lands in Arizona today, calling the Sonoran Solar Project a shining example of how collaboration among the solar industry, conservation groups, agencies and the local community leads to “Smart from the Start” renewable energy development.

December 16, 2011

In the latest in a series of reckless decisions about America’s Arctic Ocean, the Obama administration today gave Royal Dutch Shell the green light to drill in the Arctic’s Chukchi Sea beginning next summer - despite the fact that there is no proven way to clean up an oil spill in the Arctic’s extreme conditions and there is significant dearth of scientific information, making it impossible to understand the impacts of Shell’s activities.