URGENT: Four Mexican gray wolves caught in leg traps in New Mexico. Many more leg hold traps, snares and poisons are found across the New Mexico landscape.

Will you chip in right now to help provide the resources we need to fight for these wolves – in the field, in court, and in Washington, D.C.?

Nature's Benefits: The Importance of Addressing Biodiversity in Ecosystem Service Programs

The concept of ecosystem services – or the benefits that nature provides – has gained tremendous attention over the past decade. It is a common-sense approach to management that recognizes and makes the most of nature’s contributions to human communities. Solutions based on ecosystem services generally avoid the up-front costs and expensive maintenance of highly engineered alternatives.

Defenders of Wildlife has been a leader in addressing ecosystem services and market-based programs, and is one of the first nonprofit organizations to explore policies guiding these programs. This whitepaper examines the process for addressing ecosystem services in decision-making, in hopes that these concepts encourage policy-makers to balance the interests of nature and society.

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