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

Newswire article
Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Defenders Commends Senators Kerry and Boxer for Furthering Efforts to Address Climate Impacts on Wildlife & Natural Resources
Today Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), released The Clean Energy Jobs and American Power Act outlining a vision for moving America closer to energy independence, clean technologies and a revitalized economy bolstered by millions of new green jobs. The following is a statement from Rodger Schlickeisen, president of Defenders of Wildlife:
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Friday, September 25, 2009
Despite Population Decline, 2009 May Be Still a Good Year for Sea Otters
Summary • The California sea otter Spring 2009 population census indicates a decline in the three-year population average for the first time in nearly a decade. • Concerns over the decline have researchers and the conservation community urging the U.S. Senate to pass the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act, which was overwhelmingly approved by the House earlier this summer.
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Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Fish and Wildlife Service Takes Important Step Toward Addressing Climate Change
The following is a statement from Jamie Rappaport Clark, executive vice president for Defenders of Wildlife: “Global warming is forever changing the world and forever changing conservation. No longer can we rely on our past understanding of wildlife and ecosystems. The nation must chart a new way forward: first by developing a national climate change adaptation strategy for wildlife and natural resources; second by enhancing our scientific capacity; and finally, by providing the resources needed to address this enormous challenge.
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Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Wolves Running Scared
Yesterday, Idaho Fish and Game announced that beginning September 1, Idaho will allow 220 wolves to be killed in the first-ever state regulated hunt of gray wolves in the continental United States – In response, Defenders of Wildlife and other conservation groups will most likely file a request for a preliminary injunction to temporarily restore federal protections to the regional wolf population until the court reaches a final decision in the plaintiffs’ pending legal challenge to the delisting.
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Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Defenders of Wildlife Applauds the Passage of Important Sea Otter Bill by House of Representatives
Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted 316 to 107 to approve passage of the Southern Sea Otter Recovery and Research Act (H.R. 556). This important legislation would further recovery efforts for the critically imperiled southern sea otter population by establishing an assessment on sea otter health to determine why the population is declining and providing funding for grants to address the current threats to sea otters.
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Monday, June 29, 2009
DOI to Unveil Potential Areas for Fast Tracking Solar Energy Development
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar has shed some light today on the Obama administration’s plan to increase renewable energy, outlining a new process for identifying possible solar energy development areas on public lands throughout the West. The Interior Department also plans to release maps showing where potential solar development areas may be located early this week. The following is a statement from Bob Irvin, Defenders of Wildlife’s senior vice president for conservation programs.
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Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Lawsuit Last Hope for Long-Term Wolf Recovery in Northern Rockies
Today, Defenders of Wildlife and 12 other conservation groups filed a lawsuit asking the courts to reverse the ill-timed and unwarranted removal of Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Northern Rockies. The lawsuit is a last resort, and only comes after exhausting all other reasonable options.
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Friday, May 08, 2009
Sec. Salazar Leaves Polar Bears Poorly Protected
Defenders of Wildlife has learned that the Department of the Interior plans to announce today that it will let slip a chance to ensure that threatened polar bears receive all the vital protections they need under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
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Monday, May 04, 2009
Wolves Once Again in the Crosshairs
Today, wolves in Idaho, Montana, eastern portions of Oregon and Washington and northern Utah lose federal protections and become subject to the terms of a federal delisting rule that allows more than two thirds of the current population to be killed. This Bush administration rule was given the green light by Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar only weeks after he took office, in the face of overwhelming public opposition to the Bush rule and without any consultation with conservationists, congressional leaders, or scientists outside the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
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Thursday, April 23, 2009
Ashley Judd, Jeff Corwin Call on Congress to Help Wildlife Survive Global Warming
Actress Ashley Judd, and biologist and TV personality Jeff Corwin, spoke to Congress this morning about the need for substantial, dedicated funding to help safeguard America's wildlife and natural resources from the impacts of global warming. Testifying before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies, Corwin and Judd urged Congress to ensure that comprehensive climate and energy legislation addresses not only the carbon pollution that causes global warming, but also the effects that are already being seen on the ground.
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