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

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Public and private organizations have become increasingly interested in measuring the benefits that nature provides, such as clean drinking water, fertile soil, and habitat and livelihoods for people and other species. The 10 guiding principles for ecosystem services assessments are designed to encourage thorough assessments that take into consideration ecological, social, and economic values—an interdisciplinary approach that examines interdependent relationships.
Gray Wolf, © Fred C. Bicksler
A federal judge has reinstated federal protections for wolves in Wyoming on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not ensure that the state’s wolf management plan was enforceable as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Here’s what the decision means for wolves and the ESA.
Sage-grouse, © Tatiana Gettelman
This report examines opportunities to use Farm Bill conservation programs to enhance wildlife habitat in order to reduce climate change impacts to wildlife.
With the amount of geospatial data now available online, Defenders is looking into ways to put this wealth of information to use to improve recovery programs for endangered species.
On April 30, 2014, the Natural Resources Committee approved four bills pulled directly from a slanted and biased anti-Endangered Species Act report. These bills would severely curtail the ESA’s ability to protect the nation’s most imperiled species.
Conservation buffer, © Lynn Betts/USDA NRCS
This report provides an overview of the 2014 conservation programs and reviews their changes, challenges and opportunities within the context of the 2014 Farm Bill. Defenders of Wildlife provides recommendations on how to best address conservation needs through these programs.
Sage-Grouse, Photo: USFWS Pacific Southwest Region
This paper evaluates the potential conservation impacts of the 2014 Farm Bill and gives recommendations on the best ways to target agricultural programs to yield the best wildlife outcomes.
The available funding to recover threatened and endangered species will likely continue to be limited. Given this harsh reality, explicit prioritization of recovery actions is increasingly necessary. FWS, BLM and other federal agencies can begin making smarter decisions about their funding through modest forms of prioritization. This paper describes three recent examples of programs that use explicit criteria to decide which competing conservation actions to fund. The paper concludes with recommendations on how agencies can improve and expand on these systems.
Defenders of Wildlife's comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft “Strategic Growth Policy” for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The draft policy is intended to guide how the Fish and Wildlife Service will add lands and new wildlife refuges to the Refuge System.
This report describes how we identified unreported habitat disturbance under the Texas Habitat Conservation Plan for the Dunes Sagebrush Lizard.