Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
October 14, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © USFWS

Defenders of Wildlife expressed strong opposition to the action proposed in the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Bureau of Reclamation’s (Reclamation) Final Lower Yellowstone Intake Diversion Dam Fish Passage Project Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), which calls for construction of a larger, more permanent dam and artificial fish bypass near Glendive, Montana on the Yellowstone River.

September 29, 2016

Preliminary injunction issued to protect red wolves.

September 21, 2016
Elephants, © Helen M. Mundell

Congress has passed and sent to the president for signature the bipartisan Eliminate, Neutralize, and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act (H.R. 2494), that addresses the illegal trade in endangered and threatened wildlife and their related products.

September 20, 2016

Citing his recognition that “we’re going to have to keep some fossil fuels in the ground rather than burn them and release dangerous pollution into the sky,” leading national environmental organizations released a video and letter today urging President Obama to withdraw the U.S. Arctic and Atlantic oceans permanently from all future oil and gas leasing.

September 14, 2016

Today, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) finalized the first phase of the Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP) on public lands, a conservation strategy developed by the state of California, the federal government and conservation stakeholders.

September 12, 2016

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced today that it intends to remove from private and public lands most of the world's only remaining population of red wolves in the wild, threatening the continued existence of this highly imperiled species.

September 8, 2016

Conservation groups today asked FWS to protect the lesser prairie chicken under the ESA.

September 6, 2016

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) provided a new round of documents and reopened the public comment period on the proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) delisting rule for grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

September 1, 2016
Sage-grouse, © Jon LeVasseur

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released its National Listing Workplan.

August 31, 2016
American white pelicans, © Paul Boyte/USFWS

Defenders of Wildlife, Audubon California, the Pacific Institute and Sierra Club today called on the state of California to use a new agreement with the federal government on the Salton Sea as a launching point for a renewed effort to get much-needed conservation projects started on the ground.