Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
December 5, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © Joel Sartore/

Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) oppose the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to build a larger and more permanent dam and artificial bypass on the Lower Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana that was released in a Record of Decision today.

December 1, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new regulations today modernizing resource planning on 245 million acres of federal public lands. The new rule encourages more ecologically appropriate planning boundaries on BLM lands, advances the role of science in land use planning and encourages the development of conservation objectives to guide regional mitigation strategies.

November 29, 2016

In response to a petition from three conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today took the first step today toward again protecting the rare and declining lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act, finding that the bird may warrant protection.

November 10, 2016
© Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a vital new rule for managing non-federal oil and gas development on the National Wildlife Refuge System.

November 10, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management released its final competitive leasing rule today.

November 9, 2016

Donald Trump’s presidential election and the conservation opportunities and challenges

November 2, 2016

Defenders of Wildlife is proud to announce the opening of a new regional office today in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

October 28, 2016

The trial of seven people involved in the armed takeover of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Oregon came to a close last night with the announcement of a jury verdict acquitting the defendants.

October 18, 2016

Today a federal district court approved a joint settlement, setting a clear deadline for a Mexican wolf recovery plan.

October 18, 2016

Scientific experts have sent a letter to FWS challenging their red wolf proposal.