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

Principles to Guide Assessments of Ecosystem Service Values

Guiding principles to encourage interdisciplinary approaches to assessing the social, ecological, and economic benefits of ecosystems and biodiversity, and their interdependent relationships. Reports developed at a workshop held in July 2013 at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

In the Red: How Proposed Conservation Plans Fail to Protect Greater Sage-Grouse

In 2011, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) announced that it will consider listing the sage-grouse under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in 2015. This pending deadline prompted federal agencies to initiate the National Greater Sage-Grouse Planning Strategy, an effort to update land-use plans with new measures to conserve sage-grouse and potentially preclude the need to list the species.

Defenders of Wildlife Strategic Growth Policy Comments

Defenders of Wildlife's comments on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's draft “Strategic Growth Policy” for the National Wildlife Refuge System. The draft policy is intended to guide how the Fish and Wildlife Service will add lands and new wildlife refuges to the Refuge System.

Climate Adaptation Testimony by Noah Matson, Defenders of Wildlife

Testimony of Defenders' Vice President for Landscape Conservation and Climate Adaptation before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee at a hearing titled "Natural Resources Adaptation: Protecting ecosystems and economies" held February 25, 2014. In the testimony, Defenders highlights the need to maintain and restore ecosystems to prepare society for the impacts of climate change, and to provide more resources and policy direction to land and wildlife managers to assist them in coping with climate change. The testimony recommends enacting the SAFE Act [LINK to OUR GOV REL PAGES], implementing the National Fish, Wildlife and Plants Climate Adaptation Strategy, and conserving large, connected landscapes.

Mutually Insured Destruction: How Unchecked Crop Insurance Subsidies Harm the Environment

United States agricultural policy has huge impacts upon wildlife and its habitats. Historically, subsidy payments were tied to requirements that farmers take basic conservation measures

Training Call Presentation - National Wolf Delisting Hearing in Pinetop

Thinking of attending the Fish and Wildlife Service wolf delisting public hearing in Pinetop, AZ on December 3rd? Learn about the rules and details of

Training Call Presentation - National Wolf Delisting Hearing in Denver

Thinking of attending the Fish and Wildlife Service wolf delisting public hearing in Denver, CO on November 19? Learn about the rules and details of

Factsheet: Climate Change Adaptation and NEPA

The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) clearly has a role to play in how projects with a federal nexus prepare for climate change. To help