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Pipeline giant Enbridge's web of pipelines in the Great Lakes region and beyond.  Enbridge is seeking to expand this system to allow for more climate disrupting tar sands and oil production.

Winning the Fight Against the Enbridge Octopus

9/16/2015 // By Jim Murphy

On Monday, September 14, 2015, a Minnesota state court issued an important decision in the fight against pipeline giant Enbridge’s plans to expand its dirty oil pipeline system in the Great Lakes region.  Judge Roger Klaphake of the Minnesota State …

Great blue heron covered in oil, following the 2010 oil disaster near Kalamazoo, Mich., that contaminated 38 miles of the Kalamazoo River with over 840,000 gallons of oil. Photo / Michigan Department of Environmental Quality

Summer Disaster Movie? No Thanks. NWF Fighting to Protect Great Lakes from Oil Pipeline Disaster

8/19/2015 // By Andy Buchsbaum

Imagine 90 percent of the surface freshwater in the United States in one place. Imagine much of that water flowing back and forth through a narrow channel, at a volume ten times the volume of water flowing over Niagara Falls. …

Great Blue Heron covered in oil from the Enbridge oil spill in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Remember the Kalamazoo, Stop Tar Sands!

7/23/2015 // By Frank Szollosi

Five years ago, I had just started with NWF and very quickly found myself in a kayak and pickup responding to what would become the largest inland oil spill in U.S. history. Since then over a billion dollars have been …

Lake Michigan. Photo by ckay via Flickr Creative Commons

NWF’s Andy Buchsbaum Receives Honor from Michigan Environmental Council

6/24/2015 // By NWF

We are so pleased to share the news that Andy Buchsbaum, National Wildlife Federation’s Vice President of Conservation Action, is the recipient of the 2015 Helen & William Milliken Distinguished Service Award from the Michigan Environmental Council. He will receive …

Endangered species, like this whooping crane chick, are threatened by tar sands development. Photo: USFWS

Great Lakes Citizens Rally for Clean Energy for Wildlife, Not Risky Tar Sands

6/1/2015 // By Mike Shriberg

On June 6, thousands will gather in the Twins Cities to express concern over expanded tar sands transportation through the Great Lakes region. Too much toxic and nearly impossible to clean up tar sands oil is already entering our region. …

Two Grizzly Bears by Carl Chapman

Weekly News Roundup: Top Wins for Wildlife in 2014 and more!

12/19/2014 // By Linda Argueta

With 2014 soon coming to an end, take a moment to pat yourself on the back for all you’ve done this year to protect wildlife and their habitat. It has truly been an incredible year for wildlife! If you haven’t …

An oiled heron was among the wildlife victims of Enbridge's massive 2010 tar sands spill into the Kalamazoo River.  Image from

New Report: Tar Sands Oil Too Risky for the Great Lakes Region

12/15/2014 // By Jim Murphy

A report issued by National Wildlife Federation, Minnesota Conservation Federation, and Prairie Rivers Network shows that industry plans to expand tar sands transport through the Great Lakes region pose too high a risk to the wildlife and communities of the …


Climate Adaptation Planning Gaining Momentum at Federal Level

11/21/2014 // By Michael Murray

Even if the federal government is moving slowly on the climate mitigation front, agencies are ramping up their efforts on climate adaptation, with a number of new reports, initiatives or tools coming out in recent months. Between the federal and …


Launching A Lawsuit to Protect Wildlife in Minnesota

11/14/2014 // By Guest Author

Minnesota Conservation Federation and National Wildlife Federation joined indigenous and conservation groups in filing a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department to stop the expansion of tar sands through Minnesota without a public review of the impacts to the wildlife …

Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge (M. Murray)

Planning for Climate Change in Michigan Coastal Wetlands

11/4/2014 // By Michael Murray

How will Great Lakes coastal wetlands fare in a changing climate? It is clear that coastal areas may be subject to a diverse set of impacts, ranging from warmer water temperatures, significant water level changes, generally decreased ice cover, and increased spring storm events.