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

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As human communities encroach on Florida's remaining wild lands, people are coming into closer and closer contact with wildlife, including the endangered Florida panther.
Investment in Florida’s wild assets, which include important conservation areas, 160 state parks and a vast coastline with more than 100 miles of public beaches, has added up to a valuable network of protected lands. These natural attractions provide residents and visitors with unique scenic beauty and outstanding recreational opportunities and help make Florida the top destination for family vacations in the country and for tourists from around the world.
Defenders of Wildlife’s Predator-Resistant Enclosure Program works with rural residents and small livestock owners in southwest Florida to build predator-resistant pens or to retrofit existing enclosures. Diligent use of a predator-resistant enclosure is an effective way to keep domestic animals safe from predators.
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 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.
Executive Summary: Technical report summarizing work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to incorporate climate change into the State Wildlife Action Plan. Defenders' worked with the FWC to evaluate the application of a particular vulnerability assessment tool, the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index, to help inform management priorities and the design of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies for targeted species. This report illustrates a process for incorporating vulnerability assessments with conceptual modeling as part of a comprehensive planning framework to identify adaptation strategies and management opportunities for species likely to be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Technical report summarizing work with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) to incorporate climate change into the State Wildlife Action Plan. Defenders' worked with the FWC to evaluate the application of a particular vulnerability assessment tool, the NatureServe Climate Change Vulnerability Index, to help inform management priorities and the design of appropriate climate change adaptation strategies for targeted species. This report illustrates a process for incorporating vulnerability assessments with conceptual modeling as part of a comprehensive planning framework to identify adaptation strategies and management opportunities for species likely to be vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
Fact sheet about invasive species in Georgia
This report details current legislative attacks on America’s imperiled plants and animals and assesses how each one would eviscerate wildlife conservation efforts.

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