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By the year 2050, maybe around the time my grandson or granddaughter will be born, up to 25 percent of the life on Earth may be gone forever.  And I can’t imagine looking into their eyes and trying to explain that we are to blame.  Worst of all, the story of this century doesn’t have to end this way.  We know where Earth’s most diverse and special habitats are found.  We know how to save the land and conserve the water – how to manage plants and animals to help them survive.  We know how to save ecosystems and species in a way that works for people, allowing economies and communities to thrive.

The question is – are we going to act at a scale that matters.

That is what we do at Defenders of Wildlife.  My job here as Vice President for Conservation Policy is to help some of the brightest people on the planet succeed in their mission to save this imperiled life on Earth. We focus on America, but work in Mexico and overseas as well.  We work to reduce the impact of the roads that isolate animals from their habitat.  We succeed in convincing businesses and government that conservation can pay for itself.  We win victories that make America’s public lands a well-managed Ark supporting the diversity of life into the next century.  We work on the ground in places that are important for wildlife, partnering with ranchers and private landowners and local and national governments.  We encourage agencies to fully implement the Endangered Species Act, using the courts when necessary to convince them to do so.  We help people focus on what matters and help them act to solve problems.

So on behalf of Defenders of Wildlife, welcome to the blog of our scientists and policy experts who work for us across the United States, Mexico and the world to help save and restore Earth’s biodiversity.  In this space, you will be hearing from some of our best people.  People like Kim Delfino who leads our work on renewable energy in California or Pete Nelson, an expert in the policies that govern management of America’s 193 million acres of national forest.  We at Defenders of Wildlife hope this content informs and inspires you.

Sincerely –  Timothy Male, PhD., Vice President for Conservation Policy

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Tim Male is Vice President for Conservation at Defenders of Wildlife. Tim directs a number of Defenders’ conservation policy programs, including Habitat and Highways, Conservation Planning, Federal Lands, Oregon Biodiversity Partnership, and Economics.

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