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National Forests Support Recreation Economy

7/23/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Every year, over 160 million visitors head to our National Forests and Grasslands. Outdoor recreation enthusiasts contribute more to the economy than anything else the U.S. Forest Service does—more even than timber, grazing, and mineral development combined. Tapping our public lands […] Read more >

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Wildfire Season in Full Swing

7/18/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Wildfire season is in full swing and states across the West are starting to feel the burn. From the over 20,000 acre Mills Canyon fire in Washington to a wildfire in a remote Wilderness Area in the Sequoia National Forest in California, sparks are […] Read more >

If the Keystone XL pipeline is constructed and tar sands development continues unchecked, some herds of Woodland Caribou could disappear in as little as 30 years. (Photo: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

The Good and the Bad in the Senate Budget

3/25/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

On Friday, after 14 hours of a Senate procedure called — really — vote-a-rama, the Senate passed the budget resolution proposed by Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray last week. Over 500 amendments were proposed, and over 100 were considered. Since the […] Read more >

A dozen bobcat subspecies range across North America. National Wildlife Photo Contest entry by Lori Tambakis.

A Budget Wildlife Can Live On

3/15/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Budget Committee Chair Patty Murray released the Senate budget (for our take on the budget released by the House Budget Committee on Monday, see here.) While the Senate budget still reduces non-defense discretionary (NDD) spending — the […] Read more >

Flooded wetlands in Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge after Hurricane Sandy (Flickr / US FWS)

Does the Paul Ryan Budget Safeguard Americans?

3/12/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

This morning, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan released his budget plan for fiscal year 2014.  Like previous Ryan budgets, the National Wildlife Federation has serious concerns about the effect this fiscal path will have on public health, ecosystems, and […] Read more >

Don’t Let National Parks Become A Casualty of Budget Battles

2/25/2013 // By Adeline Rolnick

Since the Budget Control Act was passed in August, 2011—and we all had to start pretending we know what “sequester” means—NWF and our friends in the conservation community have known that sequestration will be devastating for America’s wildlife and treasured […] Read more >

Gray wolves (Flickr/Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary)

What the Fiscal Cliff Deal Means for Wildlife

1/2/2013 // By Miles Grant

The short answer is, we’ll find out in March. First, the good news: The deal includes an extension through the end of 2013 for both the production tax credit (PTC) for onshore wind energy and the investment tax credit (ITC) for […] Read more >

Pintail ducks in flight (Photo: USFWS Pacific)

Pintail Ducks’ Wetlands at Risk from Flawed Farm Bill

12/11/2012 // By Rachel Arenstein

Wetlands in the prairie potholes habitats across Great Plains grasslands where Pintail Ducks, shovelers and American white pelicans breed are at risk from a flawed version of the Farm Bill that would subsidize the destruction of wildlife habitat. This week […] Read more >

Top 10 Ways the “Fiscal Cliff” Will Harm Wildlife Refuges

11/21/2012 // By Bentley Johnson

Hanging over the celebrations of Thanksgiving this year is the threat of severe funding cuts from the fast approaching “Fiscal Cliff.” The National Wildlife Refuge System – the largest system of lands and waters protected for wildlife – faces a […] Read more >

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The Fiscal Cliff, Brought to You by Wildlife

11/16/2012 // By Adeline Rolnick

What the heck is sequester and why is it so bad? Brought to you by National Wildlife Federation. It’s time to talk about In the summer of 2011, the federal government very nearly defaulted on its loans. It was.  So […] Read more >