Press Releases

Below are Defenders' ten most recent press releases.
February 1, 2017

Last night, President Trump announced Neil Gorsuch as his nominee for a lifetime seat on the Supreme Court.

December 7, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Scott Pruitt, the attorney general of Oklahoma who has led legal opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) climate policies, as the new administrator of the agency.

December 7, 2016
forest, © Lindsay Kaun

U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (D-VA-8th) today introduced legislation to help protect and restore native wildlife and create more resilient landscapes across America.

December 7, 2016
wolf pups, © Larry Travis

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) released the final state conservation plan for gray wolves late yesterday.

December 5, 2016
US Capitol Building, © Architect of the Capitol

Anti-wildlife rider threatens Flint funding, CA Bay Delta and Wildlife.

December 5, 2016
Pallid sturgeon, © Joel Sartore/

Defenders of Wildlife and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) oppose the decision by the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) and the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) to build a larger and more permanent dam and artificial bypass on the Lower Yellowstone River near Glendive, Montana that was released in a Record of Decision today.

December 1, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) released new regulations today modernizing resource planning on 245 million acres of federal public lands. The new rule encourages more ecologically appropriate planning boundaries on BLM lands, advances the role of science in land use planning and encourages the development of conservation objectives to guide regional mitigation strategies.

November 29, 2016

In response to a petition from three conservation groups, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today took the first step today toward again protecting the rare and declining lesser prairie chicken under the Endangered Species Act, finding that the bird may warrant protection.

November 10, 2016
© Nicholas A. Tonelli / Flickr

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a vital new rule for managing non-federal oil and gas development on the National Wildlife Refuge System.

November 10, 2016

The Bureau of Land Management released its final competitive leasing rule today.