How Defenders of Wildlife is Conserving Habitat
Defenders of Wildlife works to protect public lands. Defenders’ field staff in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Florida, New Mexico, North Carolina and Washington work with local officials and other stakeholders to implement innovative, comprehensive strategies to improve wildlife conservation on public lands. Defenders’ Conservation Law department holds federal agencies accountable wherever they fail to properly apply the Endangered Species Act and other federal laws on public lands.2
Defenders of Wildlife has helped shape policies for managing national wildlife refuges. Defenders is working to vigorously fight any proposal to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska to oil drilling.3 Defenders has also supported the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in the development of new regulations on how non-federal oil and gas beneath the Refuge System are accessed and managed.3 Defenders is also advocating for policies that create new refuges and expand existing ones in order to further preserve wildlife and their habitats. Defenders of Wildlife is a member of the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement (CARE) which works to secure adequate funding for the Refuge System.
Defenders’ Forests for Wildlife Initiative is shaping new forest and wildlife conservation policy, thwarting attacks on our public forests and the imperiled species that depend on them, and engaging in innovative conservation projects in national forests.4 Defenders works closely with national forests in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, the Rocky Mountains, and Alaska’s Chugach and Tongass National Forests. Defenders forcefully opposes every policy and legislative proposal that could degrade habitat or weaken conservation laws such as the Endangered Species Act on our national forests and other public forestlands.4 They work closely with the Forest Service, conservation scientists, and other partners to develop, implement and evaluate the effectiveness of national forest wildlife conservation policies, plans and projects.4