Smart from the Start: Responsible Renewable Energy Development in the Southern San Joaquin Valley

The recommendations presented in the report are based on Defenders’ analysis of the opportunities and constraints for renewable energy development in the southern San Joaquin

Assessing Ecological Integrity Across Jurisdictions and Scales Summary

The 10 guiding principles for ecosystem services assessments are designed to encourage thorough assessments that take into consideration ecological, social, and economic values—an interdisciplinary approach that examines interdependent relationships.

Assessing Ecological Integrity Across Jurisdictions and Scales

This paper offers a framework for use by public and private entities who manage natural resources. It focuses on the maintenance and restoration of ecological integrity to help ensure that natural systems continue to provide intrinsic value and benefits to human communities. The ecological integrity measures assess four different attributes of natural systems: landscape features, habitat characteristics, representative and at risk species. Intact natural systems generally support a broader range of benefits to people than altered systems.

Climate Change and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests - Key Findings

Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats. Here, we have compiled the key findings for U.S. Forest Service leaders and staff and members of the public interested in helping vulnerable species and landscapes survive the changes ahead.

Principles to Guide Assessments of Ecosystem Service Values Summary

Public and private organizations have become increasingly interested in measuring the benefits that nature provides, such as clean drinking water, fertile soil, and habitat and livelihoods for people and other species.

Climate Change and the Chugach and Tongass National Forests

To reduce the impact of climate change on forest wildlife and habitat, forest managers need the latest scientific information when updating their management plans and strategies. Defenders of Wildlife reviewed 11 recent reports on climate science, impacts and vulnerability of terrestrial, freshwater and marine wildlife and habitats.

Wetter or Not: Actions to Ease the Current Drought and Prepare for the Next

With three consecutive years of extremely dry weather, California is going through the worst water crisis in the state’s modern history. The drought’s impacts on

The Wyoming Wolf Decision Explained

A federal judge has reinstated federal protections for wolves in Wyoming on the grounds that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service did not ensure that the state’s wolf management plan was enforceable as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Here’s what the decision means for wolves and the ESA.

SSN Shark Newsletter Fall 2014

This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The Fall 2014 newsletter includes updates on sharks, mantas and rays, and the latest workshops on the implementation of international regulations.

SSN Shark Newsletter - Spring 2014

This bi-annual newsletter is prepared by the co-chairs of the Species Survival Network Shark Working group, Alejandra Goyenechea (Defenders of Wildlife) and Rebecca Regnery (Humane Society International). The newsletter provides a summary of the latest international and regional shark news, and an analysis of the latest actions and regulations regarding sharks.