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Planet at the Crossroads

9/1/2015 // By Guest Author

Editor’s Note: The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2016 will be the first major international conservation event held in the United States in decades, and the decisions made there will have impacts that last for generations. National Wildlife Federation, as a …


Improve the Stream Protection Rule and Protect Wildlife

9/1/2015 // By Jim Murphy

The federal Office of Surface Mining has proposed the Stream Protection Rule, the first major federal regulatory action in decades intended to protect waters from destructive mining practices. While strong laws were passed in the 1970s to protect streams and other …

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Montana Teens Help Save Sage Grouse

8/31/2015 // By Hayley Newman

Greater sage grouse populations across the West have been in decline for decades, and this September the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to decide whether to formally list the bird as a threatened or endangered species. In an …

Hurricane Katrina

What We’ve Learned Since Katrina

8/28/2015 // By Kelly Wagner

This week, as we neared the ‪#‎Katrina10 anniversary, a federal judge ruled that the Army Corps of Engineers must pay the full $3 billion cost of restoring wetlands destroyed by the agency’s improper construction and maintenance of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO). …

Research and monitoring of important wildlife, such as the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle pictured here, will be a major focus moving forward.” Photo Credit: US Fish & Wildlife Service

$1.2 Billion Will Support Gulf Science Programs

8/25/2015 // By Ryan Fikes

In the early days of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it became apparent that there was a lack of base scientific understanding of the Gulf ecosystem, and how the oil might affect it. Between the recent BP settlement, the prior criminal …

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. …

Photo of the Animas River, immediately after the spill. Photo by Tom McNamara of the La Plata County Emergency Management Office

8 Hard Truths About Hardrock Mining

8/17/2015 // By Lacey McCormick

The Gold King Mine disaster in Colorado was an accident waiting to happen. It’s not a unique situation, in part because the laws regulating mining are inadequate on several fronts. Rivers shouldn’t be the color of mustard. But that’s just …

One of my favorite places.  Photo by Jim Murphy

Climate Change Threatens Our Waterways

8/11/2015 // By Jim Murphy

Few resources are more vital to wildlife and our enjoyment of the outdoors than our waterways.  Like many people, my passion for the outdoors started with a relationship with a treasured waterway, spending summers boating, fishing, swimming and watching ducks …

At least 3 million gallons of wastewater from an old  gold mine have fouled Colorado's Las Animas River. Photo by Tom McNamara, La Plata County Office of Emergency Management

What We Can Learn from the Colorado Mine Waste Spill

8/10/2015 // By Judith Kohler

Oftentimes when we talk about conserving our public lands, fish and wildlife and protecting our clean air and waterways, there is an overarching impulse that transcends all politics and economics. That impulse is the deeply felt desire to see wildlife continue …

Spangle Lake, Sawtooth Wilderness

275,000 More Acres Safeguarded for Wildlife and Our Outdoor Heritage

8/6/2015 // By Collin O'Mara

On Tuesday, August 4, 2015 the U.S. Senate unanimously passed “The Sawtooth National Recreation Area and Jerry Peak Wilderness Additions Act” championed by Idaho’s Congressman Mike Simpson and Senator Jim Risch. Already passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, the legislation …