Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
May 27, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © USFWS

Conservation groups reacted to a recommended proposal from the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for revising operations of the Intake Dam on the Yellowstone River today, calling it far short of what is needed to save the nation’s largest wild population of endangered pallid sturgeon from extinction.

May 25, 2016

The House of Representatives has passed a bill loaded down with controversial anti-wildlife and anti-public lands provisions.

May 24, 2016
Wolf, ©  Petra Mann

Draft House Interior Appropriations Bill Contains Hidden Attacks on Wildlife

May 12, 2016
Northern long-eared bat, © Steven Thomas/NPS

Defenders of Wildlife filed suit today against FWS for denying the northern long-eared bat full protection under the ESA.

May 10, 2016

Defenders of Wildlife says the proposed delisting of Yellowstone-area grizzly bears from the Endangered Species Act should be withdrawn.

May 10, 2016

Today, the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law published a new report on how solar energy development in the San Joaquin Valley can be “smart from the start” by siting projects on degraded lands with low habitat values for wildlife. The report, A PATH FORWARD Identifying Least-Conflict Solar PV Development in California’s San Joaquin Valley, represents a multi-stakeholder approach, featuring representatives from local government, industry, agriculture, renewable energy development, and the governor’s office to address solar energy development in the San Joaquin Valley.

May 6, 2016
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In a move that will provide a boost to depleted habitat areas in the driest part of the Central Valley, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) today announced a landmark agreement with the North Valley Regional Recycled Water Program. The water recycling project will supply 6,000 acre-feet of water per year to habitat in San Joaquin Valley refuges and wildlife areas.

May 5, 2016

The U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon today invalidated the federal government’s 2014 Columbia Basin Biological Opinion (BiOp). Judge Michael Simon ruled that this latest plan – like each of its four predecessors – violates the federal Endangered Species Act and National Environmental Policy Act. The Orca Salmon Alliance applauds this ruling as a monumental step toward recovering wild Chinook salmon populations on which endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales depend.

April 28, 2016

The House Armed Services Committee included destructive riders for wildlife in the NDAA, annual legislation that authorizes military funding.

April 27, 2016

From December to May this year, 150 local volunteers participated in a citizen science monitoring effort led by Defenders of Wildlife in partnership with the Bitterroot National Forest. The citizen scientists collected data and photos on rare carnivores, such as wolverines, to aid with forest planning efforts and contribute to the broader understanding of where these animals live.