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August 9, 2013
Lawsuit Forces Review of Fishery Impacts on Endangered Atlantic Whales and New Rules to Protect the Species from Entanglements »
The National Marine Fisheries Service has agreed to review the impact of commercial fishing operations on endangered whales and issue new rules.
August 7, 2013
Defenders Of Wildlife And Petco Team Up To Protect Coral Reefs And Marine Life; Give Pet Fish Owners Sustainable Choices »
Defenders of Wildlife and Petco Animal Supplies today announced a collaboration to improve efforts to conserve coral reefs and reef fish.
July 31, 2013
In another swing of the ax to the protection of our nation’s forests, the House Natural Resources Committee today approved H.R. 1526, a bill introduced by the panel’s Chairman Doc Hastings. The so-called “Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act”would dramatically increase timber harvest on national forests, setting mandatory logging volumes achieved through the short circuiting of multiple landmark environmental laws. Embedded within H.R. 1526 is a proposal by Reps. DeFazio, Walden and Schrader which would turn over management of an undisclosed number of acres of federal forests in Oregon, including those known as O&C lands, to a non-federal timber trust for rampant and ecologically harmful logging.
July 23, 2013
Poor Interior funding legislation was passed in committee in the House, and harmful revenue sharing legislation was heard in the Senate.
July 23, 2013
A new report by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and other peer-reviewed research published this spring indicate that conserving Greater Sage-grouse will require both protecting large areas of habitat and making significant changes in land management to reverse population declines of this wide-ranging species. Federal agencies are currently engaged in an unprecedented, westwide planning process to conserve and restore the species.
July 12, 2013
Tragedy strikes Mexican gray wolves again: Recently released breeding female killed, no chance for pup survival »
Tragically, the killing continues. In the wake of a new proposed rule from the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) that would continue to hinder Mexican gray wolf recovery (the subspecies would remain listed, but with limited opportunity for necessary dispersal essential to recovery), Defenders of Wildlife has received news that another of the world’s most endangered wolves has been shot and killed. The incident is under investigation, but the victim, alpha female 1108 (F1108), had been mothering a den of young pups so her pups are also assumed to be dead.
June 25, 2013
President Obama made a major announcement at Georgetown University today unveiling his new climate change action plan.
June 20, 2013
Wildlife and the people who care about it can breathe a sigh of relief now that the House has defeated the anti-environmental farm bill produced by the House Agriculture Committee. The bill was an affront to our shared natural resources in numerous ways, not the least of which was a crippling cut of $4.8 billion to voluntary wildlife and soil conservation programs.
June 20, 2013
Today Senator Baucus and Senator Whitehouse reintroduced the Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act.
June 19, 2013
The Montana Supreme Court today cleared the way for relocations of native bison to new areas of Montana.