Environmental programs are vital to protecting the last vestiges of our magnificent natural heritage and to pass on a clean, healthy and vibrant environment to our children.
Efforts by federal wildlife agencies to protect endangered species; work by land management agencies to properly manage our national wildlife refuges, parks and forests; and actions by regulatory agencies to keep our air and water clean and stop toxic pollution all depend on adequate funding.
Defenders of Wildlife is advocating for sufficient funding for key federal wildlife programs. Agencies such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and U.S. Geological Survey need adequate funding to effectively fulfill their vital role in conserving our nation’s wildlife. This funding supports essential programs that:
- Protect wildlife, such as endangered plants and animals, migratory birds, and species of global concern
- Support investigation and prevention of wildlife crimes
- Operate and maintain our national wildlife refuges, forests and public lands
- Conduct the sound science necessary for management of our natural resources
As part of the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE ), Defenders of Wildlife works to help the National Refuge System fight a serious funding crisis. CARE is a diverse coalition of 22 conservation, sporting, recreation, and scientific organizations that represent more than 15 million members. Defenders of Wildlife has been an active member of the coalition since its inception in 1995.
- Defenders' Testimony to the Appropriations Committee, 2014 
- Green Investments: The Impacts of Budget Cuts to Protecting Natural Resources and the Environment, and the Need for Reinvestment in FY16 
- FY 2015 Funding Priorities for Wildlife 
- Losing Our Heritage: Budget Cut Impacts and Our Environment 
- Shortchanging America's Wildlife 
- Defenders of Wildlife - National Wildlife Refuges