Defenders works with state and local transportation planning authorities to prevent projects from fragmenting wildlife habitat. Our work ranges from stopping harmful road projects to improving alignments, retrofitting highways with wildlife crossings and serving on state transportation policy-setting commissions.
Our team compiles, analyzes and distributes information to decision makers, activists and the public about the economic and job-creation value of preserving natural areas. This includes the cost savings from ecosystem services provided by Mother Nature, such as a supply of clean water and air, flood and erosion control, and crop pollination by native birds and insects. It also includes the revenue generated by recreational activities from wildlife watching to fishing, hunting and boating.
The Florida team is working to protect natural landscapes from the harmful impacts of climate change and help the state’s wildlife and natural resources adapt to the challenges a warming world will bring.