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Vieques Wildlife Refuge Saved from Auction Block

The decision by members of Congress to leave the Vieques National Wildlife Refuge intact benefits thousands of wildlife species, some of which are not found anywhere else on earth. This …

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 …

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 …

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 …

America’s Lands for America’s People

These National Parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other wild lands are essential havens for wildlife, sources for clean water, and recreational spaces for Americans all across the country. More than …

Realizing Leopold’s Land Ethic

“A land ethic, then, reflects the existence of an ecological conscience, and this in turn reflects a conviction of individual responsibility for the health of the land.”  – Aldo Leopold, A …

Congressional Inaction Fuels Frustration in the West

Thankfully, the armed standoff at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge is over. But make no mistake, the larger debate over the control and management of America’s public lands rages on. Many …

Stamp Out Attacks on Public Lands

It’s hard to find words to describe the recent events in Oregon. Disgraceful, disappointing, infuriating – sentiments of public lands supporters across the country. How can a band of armed …

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A Needed Step to Protect Public Lands for Wildlife

Today, the Obama Administration issued a long overdue plan to reform the outdated leasing program for coal mining on federal lands. The current system, which is three decades old, is an …

A Fund Worth Conserving

Voices from the Field: Sportsmen Speak Out I grew up in the great state of New Jersey – not exactly a place that comes to mind for outstanding outdoor opportunities …

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