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Petroglyphs at the Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada. Photo by Bob Wick, BLM

The Antiquities Act Under Attack

In the late 1800s, “pot-hunters” – private collectors and thieves – prowled the Southwest in search of artifacts and prehistoric sites, leaving behind a trail of looted dwellings, remains, and …

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Explore Public Lands In Any Season

Since 1936, the National Wildlife Federation has worked to conserve the nation’s wildlife and wild places. As part of our 80th anniversary celebration, we are recognizing important moments in our …

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‘Pedal to the metal’ to save the Greater Sage-Grouse

On Sept. 22, 2015, with the Front Range of the Rockies as a backdrop, Secretary Jewell announced the greater sage-grouse didn’t have to be placed on the endangered species list, thanks …

Red Knots amongst horseshoe crabs. Credit: USFWS

Living Fossils At Risk

Yet, human development has created uncertainty about their ability to endure the millennia, as development and pollution threaten their mating habitat. These remarkable, primitive creatures spawn each year in very …

Yellowstone National Park. Photo by Abby Barber/ NWF

Bringing Tribes Back to National Parks

Federal coal leasing reforms are critical for a just transition to cleaner, more responsible energy sources.  Photo: Jim Murphy

Reforms Needed to Protect Wildlife from Coal Leasing on Public…

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by USFWS

Vieques Wildlife Refuge Saved from Auction Block

A male greater sage-grouse struts his stuff to attract the females. Photo by Greg Bergquist, National Wildlife Photo Contest

Congress, Leave the Strutting to Sage-Grouse

The greater sage-grouse’s annual mating dance on leks, or breeding grounds, is a one-of-a-kind spectacle that draws bird watchers from around the world to the Western U.S. The male sage-grouse …

Vieques National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by SUFWS

What We Lose if We Sell Off a Wildlife Refuge

UPDATE: Due to tremendous pressure – including more than 20,000 NWF activists who spoke out to members of Congress – the sell-off of the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge was taken …

Wildlife like mule deer use public lands. Photo by Yellowstone National Park

Save Public Lands from a Super Pollutant

Public lands, those held in trust by the federal government for the American people, offer an important defense against climate change. Our public lands provide a variety of resources that …

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