Defenders in the Rocky Mountains and Great Plains

Other Initiatives

Stopping the Bison Slaughter

Nearly all of the remaining genetically pure American bison are confined within the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park. When they try to leave the park in winter in search of food, they are hazed back into the park or shot on sight. We’re working to put a stop to this senseless slaughter by finding more room for bison to roam.

Promoting “Smart From the Start” Renewable Energy Development

Pursuing renewable energy will put our nation on a path to energy independence, lower our greenhouse gas emissions, and decrease the amount of pollution that comes from extracting and burning fossil fuels. But renewable energy projects must be developed responsibly, in a way that doesn’t destroy our native wildlife or the habitat it needs to survive. This is especially true in the Rocky Mountains and other parts of the West where large pieces of land have never been developed.

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