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Hiking, backpacking, camping, and fishing are just a few of the many values enjoyed by visitors to Western public lands like Colorado's Collegiate Peaks Wilderness. (Photo by Russell Bassett)

Time to Go On Offense to Protect Our Cherished Public Lands

6/30/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Unlike most every other country, America has a huge backyard. The federal public lands of the western United States are the equivalent of a giant commons that everyone can enjoy. Whether you’re a New Englander sightseeing in the Grand Canyon […] Read more >

Green Roof in Chicago, IL Photo: Charlie Vinz

NWF Report: Green Works for Climate Resilience

6/27/2014 // By Becca Shapiro

Cities are on the frontlines of climate change impacts, such as sea-level rise and coastal flooding, drought, and extreme weather. Along the United States coasts, communities are lining their shorelines with grasses, oyster reefs, boulders, and sand dunes. What sound […] Read more >

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Don’t Let Congress Silence Sportsmen

6/26/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Public land use is a balancing act. Developing oil and gas resources on public lands requires careful planning and robust conversations. Hunters, anglers, and wildlife enthusiasts depend on public lands for outstanding outdoor experiences and these sportsmen contribute significantly to […] Read more >

A family of limpkins in Lake Woodruff National Wildlife Refuge. Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Scott Helfrich.

Congress Takes the “Wild” out of National Refuges with Funding Cuts

6/26/2014 // By Aislinn Maestas

It’s a well-known secret that some of the best places in the world to spot wildlife are at America’s refuges. From the annual bird migrations at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico to the vast caribou […] Read more >

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Wildlife Funding Diverted to Fight Wildfires

6/17/2014 // By Frank Sturges

Just last month, fire crews rescued a group of wolf pups from the almost 200,000 acre Funny River Fire in Alaska. Firefighters found the puppies in the blaze after hearing them yipping, and they are now being cared for at the Alaska Zoo. […] Read more >

Weekly News Roundup: Migratory Birds at Risk and more

6/13/2014 // By Linda Argueta

Canadian tar sand developments are impacting North American migratory birds, according to a report released Wednesday by National Wildlife Federation and our state affiliates. As the report details, these harmful mining and drilling practices are taking place in the heart […] Read more >

Photo donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Maggie Bond.

The Beauty, Majesty and Variety of Ducks Challenged by Tar Sands

6/11/2014 // By Russell Bassett

Bufflehead, black and wood ducks, canvasback, gadwall, goldeneye, mallard, pintail, redhead, ring-necked, ruddy, scaup, scoter, shoveler, teal, and widgeon: to duck hunters and bird watchers alike, the characteristics of those species and the sounds they make are like sweet music […] Read more >

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Five Things to Know about the Tar Sands Threat to American Birds

6/9/2014 // By Roger Di Silvestro

Tar sands—a mixture of sand, clay and water from which a dense and extremely viscous form of petroleum, called bitumen, can be extracted—underlie more than 54,000 square miles of northeastern Alberta, Canada. Roughly the size of Florida, this area marks […] Read more >

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Private Lands and Gulf Restoration – A Vision for Success

6/6/2014 // By Ryan Fikes

The five US states bordering the Gulf of Mexico encompass roughly 290 million acres of land, of which roughly 86% are privately owned. This translates into more than 249 million acres of agricultural and forested lands, making it impossible to ignore […] Read more >

This picture of a polar bear shaking off was donated by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Steve Perry.

Weekly News Roundup: A Huge Win for Wildlife and more!

6/6/2014 // By Linda Argueta

On Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed rules that would put limits on carbon pollution from power plants. Issued under the Clean Air Act, the rule will give states a variety of options for cutting carbon pollution. These new […] Read more >