Defenders of Wildlife

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.

Releases by this organization

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Department of the Interio Draft Report Leaves Giant Sequoia and Other National Monuments at Risk
Late Sunday, a leaked copy of the Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Zinke’s recommendations on national monuments was obtained by The Washington Post and revealed his plan to vastly reduce the boundaries of at least four. The recommendations came after Zinke received more than 2.8 million...
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Thursday, April 28, 2016
Defense Spending Bill is Burdened Once Again with Unrelated Anti-Wildlife Riders
Yesterday, the House Armed Services Committee included several destructive riders for wildlife in the markup of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), annual legislation that authorizes military funding. The NDAA legislation has nothing to do with wildlife management. One rider included in...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan 'Phased Approach' Raises Concerns for CA Desert Conservation
After receiving more than 20,000 public comments on the draft Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan (DRECP), federal and state agencies today announced that they will finalize the plan in a “phased” approach – moving forward with large-scale renewable energy development and conservation on...
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Tuesday, March 04, 2014
Idaho's War on Wolves Escalates
On Friday, February 28, Idaho Department of Fish and Game announced that, working together with Wildlife Services, they succeeded in gunning down 23 gray wolves from a helicopter in northern Idaho’s Lolo elk zone near the Idaho/Montana border. The state agency said this killing was necessary to boost elk harvest levels in the area, despite independent scientific peer reviewers’ observations that habitat loss, not predator influence, was the major factor in this localized elk herd decline.
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Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Government Shutdown Puts Vital Conservation Work on Hold
The government shutdown brings to a screeching halt many vital programs and activities of federal natural resource agencies, such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, National Park Service, National Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management. Below is a statement from Defenders of Wildlife president and CEO Jamie Rappaport Clark:
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Polar Bear Rule Leaves Threatened Species Vulnerable
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today released a decision on polar bear protection under the Endangered Species Act, which contains extensive deficiencies and leaves the polar bear vulnerable to numerous threats.
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Friday, January 18, 2013
Department of the Interior and Arizona Bureau of Land Management Announce Decision for Renewable Energy Development
The Department of the Interior and the Arizona Bureau of Land Management jointly announced guidelines for renewable energy development in Arizona. The decision comes as part of the Arizona Restoration Design Energy Project (RDEP), an initiative which has sought to minimize the impact of renewable energy development in Arizona on wildlife and water resources. The following is a statement from Matt Clark, Defenders of Wildlife Southwest representative:
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Suit Filed Against Wyoming’s Kill‐at‐Will Wolf Policy
Conservation groups filed suit today challenging the federal government’s elimination of Endangered Species Act protections for Wyoming wolves. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service turned wolf management in Wyoming over to state officials this fall even though the state’s wolf‐management policies promote unlimited wolf killing in a “predator” zone that extends throughout most of the state and provides inadequate protection for wolves even where killing is regulated. The state policies will result in wolf deaths that undermine the recovery of the species.
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Friday, June 29, 2012
Obama Administration to Ramp up Drilling in Arctic Ocean
The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife:
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
House Interior Department Appropriations Bill Takes an Axe to Conservation Programs
Crucial programs that protect wildlife and habitat were slashed today in a bill approved by the House Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations subcommittee. While the bill’s overall funding is reduced by 4 percent, certain programs were singled out for the worst cuts in the bill. The subcommittee bill cuts the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service by more than 20 percent and the land acquisition program under the Land and Water Conservation Fund by 80 percent below the FY 2012 enacted levels.
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