The President’s Climate Action Plan at One Year- A Retrospective

25 June 2014

On June 25, 2013, President Obama released the President’s Climate Action Plan (CAP), signaling his Administration’s intent to make good on his promise to “respond to the threat of climate change” – with or without the cooperation of Congress. For the one-year anniversary of the CAP, Defenders has put together a retrospective showing the Administration’s […]

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New Defenders White Paper: “A Guide to the Farm Bill Conservation Programs”

06 May 2014

The U.S. has nearly 1.4 billion acres of private land, much of which is used for forestry, agriculture, or pasture and ranch lands. Over half of all the imperiled species in the country have at least one population on private lands, so measures that help landowners conserve the habitats these species depend on are tremendously […]

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New Defenders White Paper: “Targeting of Farm Bill Program Funding to Advance Conservation Priorities”

06 May 2014

“In the past, much of our conservation efforts in the country have been, I would term it, ‘random acts of conservation.’ Instead of focusing on the hot spots — focusing on areas where we can get the greatest ecological benefit — we have instead had a series of disjointed actions.” – Harris Sherman, Under Secretary […]

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Bringing Climate Change Home: The Third National Climate Assessment

06 May 2014

The world is a big place, and when a group called the “Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change” puts out a report on the global effects of climate warming, a natural question is: “So, what does this mean for me?” This week brings us an answer, in the form of the no less ambitious but decidedly […]

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Federal Grazing Permits and Leases Do Not Convey “Grazing Rights” on Public Lands

18 April 2014

Nevada public lands rancher Cliven Bundy’s refusal to pay grazing fees—and his resultant multi-decadal dispute with the Bureau of Land Management—became front page news this week when the agency finally acted on court orders to remove Bundy’s trespass cattle from the public domain. It’s a fascinating, exasperating story that has yet to reach a conclusion. News […]

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The Incredible Shrinking Salamander: Is Climate Change Behind the Decline?

07 April 2014

The effects of climate change on wildlife and habitats are as varied as they are widespread: from loss of sea ice in the Arctic to die-offs of coral reefs in the tropics, from floods and wildfires to increased spread of disease and changing food availability.  Although some of the effects are dramatic and obvious, others […]

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Conservation Implications for Delimiting Species

31 March 2014

Historically, wolves roamed across North America, from coast to coast and Alaska to Mexico. But an aggressive campaign of hunting and trapping in the early 1900s left wolves in very few places where they once lived. Conservationists, scientists, and managers working to recover wolves today face a difficult task: combining historical records, the present-day distribution […]

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Earthworm Invasions: Here’s Something to Make us Squirm

20 March 2014

An astounding sixty of the 182 total species of earthworms that occur in the United States and Canada come from other lands. Not all of these foreign earthworms are destructive, but about 16 European and Asian varieties do real damage to our native ecosystems. During the Wisconsonian glaciation, native earthworms in North America were severely […]

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Strategically Growing the Refuge System

06 March 2014

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently issued a 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 policy is sorely needed and long overdue. As the Service points […]

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Is Greed Ever Good for Conservation?

30 September 2013

The short and unexpected answer is a resounding ‘yes.’ A study reported in Science by Joppa and colleagues determined that not only were two major goals for global plant conservation compatible, but a newly-designed priority-setting scheme for plants would in turn protect regions on the planet where large numbers of endemic birds, amphibians, and mammals […]

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After Sandy: Re-building Smarter, Re-building Greener

After Sandy: Re-building Smarter, Re-building Greener

19 August 2013

Last summer, Defenders released a report, “Harnessing Nature: The Ecosystem Approach to Climate Change Preparedness,” to demonstrate the potential for ecosystem-based approaches – restored wetlands, protected habitats, and resilient forests – to help protect communities and infrastructure in the face of increasingly severe floods, droughts and heat waves that we expect a changing climate to […]

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Quit Your Grousing! Debunking Industry Objections to Sage-Grouse Conservation Measures

19 August 2013

The greater sage-grouse is in trouble. Populations have been trending downward for years with many factors contributing to the species’ decline. Scientists have documented no fewer than 26 land uses and related effects that threaten sage-grouse, ranging from energy development and livestock grazing, to invasive species, wildfire and disease. In 2010, the U.S. Fish and […]

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