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Defenders of Wildlife produces many reports, fact sheets, tip sheets and other types of publications.

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The recommendations presented in the Report are based on Defenders’ analysis of the opportunities and constraints for renewable energy development in the southern San Joaquin Valley.
Wetlands,  © Joe LeFevre
“Harnessing Nature” describes how communities are using ecosystem-based tools to ameliorate severe weather risks that are likely to be worsened by climate change. After summarizing 2011’s climate-related devastation, the report presents case studies on ecosystem restoration and enhancement to reduce the risk of floods (Missouri River floodplain restoration and St. John’s River watershed restoration); heat waves and drought (New York’s PlaNYC and Chicago’s Green Infrastructure); wild fires (Sierra Nevadas’ Dinkey landscape restoration and longleaf pine restoration), and sea level rise (Maryland’s Living Shorelines and beach grass restoration in Texas). The report concludes with recommendations for broadening the use of ecosystem-based tools for adaptation to climate change.
This report is to assesses the feasibility of establishing water quality trading programs that are accessible to ranchers. Drawing on the experiences of water quality trading programs across the United States it highlights the challenges and opportunities for improving water quality and conserving rangelands in the Central Valley of California.
This report is based on the presentations and discussions of a workshop held by Mike Bryant, Lou Hinds and Noah Matson. The presentation was titled: “Refuges, Neighbors and Sea-level Rise.” The report examines the impact of sea-level rise, due to climate change, on our National Wildlife Refuge system.
Fact sheet about invasive species in California
The Interior Department’s revised solar plan for solar energy development on public lands proposes a three-part approach to balancing the need for clean energy with protection of sensitive resources. And it does so without changing the rules of the game for companies with pending applications. This revised plan was developed in response to extensive public comment, including joint recommendations offered by developers, major utilities, and conservation groups.
The Interior Department’s revised solar energy plan for public lands will ensure existing transmission capacity can be accessed and needed new transmission will be developed in a timely manner.
Last year, the Secretary of the Interior approved the first ever utility-scale solar power plants on public lands in the West. Despite increasing success in the utility-scale solar industry, federal land managers continue to evaluate the many pending applications in a reactive manner: solar companies submit applications to construct power plants and federal land managers react to those applications. This reactive process is incapable of providing the certainty necessary to build a successful solar industry.
The revised solar plan allows sufficient flexibility to meet the public land’s share of regional clean energy needs and support development of a strong American solar industry.
The Executive Summary of "Payments for Ecosystem Services: A California Rancher Perspective"

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