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Defenders in the Southeast

Defenders in the Southeast

The Southeast is home to an incredible array of life, some of which is found nowhere else in the world. The variety of landscapes and habitats it encompasses – from the Florida Everglades to the forests of North Carolina – makes for an equally awe-inspiring variety of wildlife.

What Defenders is Doing to Help Wildlife in the Southeast

  • Connecting wildlife corridors across the region to better protect habitat and help endangered species recover.

  • Southeast Program OfficesLeading the charge to bring the endangered red wolf back from the brink of extinction, and pushing for the protection and restoration of other imperiled species including the Florida panther, Florida manatee, gopher tortoise, and the Eastern Hellbender.

  • Collaborating with agency officials to ensure that new plans for our national forests in this region are made with wildlife in mind.

  • Working to ensure that the water that supports the southeast's stunning array of freshwater species is kept clean and healthy.

  • Advocating for the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

  • Working with city planners, developers and local landowners to develop wildlife-friendly habitat conservation plans, incentive-based habitat protection programs, and smart solutions to ensure key habit is not destroyed or fragmented by highways or commercial/residential developments. 

  • Educating the public about coexistence actions they can take to avoid potential conflicts with wildlife and helping to offset the costs of effective coexistence measures like building livestock enclosures or purchasing bear-resistant trash containers.

Meet Our Team

Heather Clarkson
Outreach Representative

Tracy Davids
Southeast Program Coordinator

Kat Diersen
Representative

Elizabeth Fleming
Senior Representative

Christian Hunt
Program Associate

Ben Prater
Director

Kent Wimmer
Senior Northwest Florida Representative

Contact the Southeast Office

1 Rankin Ave., Second Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 412-0980
southeastoffice@defenders.org

 

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