Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
December 13, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as secretary of state and former Texas governor Rick Perry as secretary of energy, as reported today in The New York Times, CBS and other national media outlets.

December 9, 2016

Today President-elect Donald Trump is expected to announce the nomination of Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers as Secretary of the Interior, as is being reported by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other outlets. After the president, the Secretary of the Interior has more power than anyone else in government over the nation's public lands, wildlife and natural resources.

December 8, 2016
Tongass National Forest, © Corey Case/USFS

The U.S. Forest Service today released a decision regarding how logging will be managed for the Tongass National Forest, the nation’s largest national forest at 17 million acres.

December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma who has led legal opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) climate policies, as the new administrator of the agency.

December 7, 2016
forest, © Lindsay Kaun

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8th) today introduced legislation to help protect and restore native wildlife and create more resilient landscapes across America.

December 7, 2016
wolf pups, © Larry Travis

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the final state conservation plan for gray wolves late yesterday.

December 5, 2016
US Capitol Building, © Architect of the Capitol

Anti-wildlife rider threatens Flint funding, CA Bay Delta and Wildlife.

December 5, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © Joel Sartore/

Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) oppose the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to build a larger and more permanent dam and artificial bypass on the Lower Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana that was released in a Record of Decision today.

December 1, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new regulations today modernizing resource planning on 245 million acres of federal public lands. The new rule encourages more ecologically appropriate planning boundaries on BLM lands, advances the role of science in land use planning and encourages the development of conservation objectives to guide regional mitigation strategies.