Defenders of Wildlife’s Government Relations and External Affairs department coordinates the organization’s work on a broad range of federal legislation that is critically important to wildlife.
Anti-Environmental Policy Riders
We work to defend our wildlife, air, land and water from attacks mounted through anti-environmental policy riders to annual appropriations bills and other “must pass” legislation.
Bureau of Land Management/Borderlands
We advance pro-wildlife legislation and oppose bills that would undermine wildlife on Bureau of Land Management Lands (BLM) through funding cuts and changes in policy. We also oppose legislation that would undermine protections for BLM and other public lands and endangered species along U.S. international borders under the guise of national security.
Climate Change and Wildlife
Defenders supports enactment of the Safeguarding America’s Future and Environment (SAFE) Act, which would help reduce current and future impacts of extreme weather and climate change on wildlife and habitat.
Endangered Species Act
We strongly advocate for funding for key Endangered Species Act (ESA) programs and oppose legislation that would remove or block protections for imperiled wildlife and weaken the ESA.
Funding for Wildlife and Habitat
Defenders advocates for sufficient funding for key wildlife programs administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, U.S. Geological Survey and other agencies.
We work to ensure that the U.S. Forest Service effectively conserves wildlife on our national forests and receives adequate federal funding to do so.
National Wildlife Refuges
Defenders works to help the National Wildlife Refuge System fight a serious funding crisis, and we oppose legislation that would damage the System or individual refuges.
Our experts advise the environmental community and educate the public on the importance of lifetime federal judicial nominees, which make critical decisions that impact wildlife and habitat.