Aerial view of Teck mining activity in the Elk Valley of British Columbia.

Q & A: An Interview with Erin Sexton

The National Wildlife Federation recently sponsored EcoFlights over the transboundary watersheds of British Columbia, Montana and Washington to give reporters and stakeholders a bird’s-eye view of the threats that British …

How the Build Back Better Act Will Benefit Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, American Taxpayers

For far too long, an antiquated oil and gas leasing system has undermined wildlife conservation, hampered outdoor recreation opportunities, and short-changed American taxpayers. A recently-released report from the Department of …

pronghorns in cheatgrass

Cheatgrass Threatens Wildlife, Western Lands, and Rural Communities

Invading Americas grasslands Although it has never been cast as the villain in any of the great Westerns produced in Hollywood, Bromus tectorum — commonly known as cheatgrass — is …

bighorn sheep

The Importance of Federal Land Management for Western Wildlife

Western wildlife, such as elk, bighorn sheep, pronghorn—even pygmy rabbits, depend on healthy public lands for food, shelter, mating, and survival. When these lands are mismanaged or degraded, wildlife populations …

bald eagle

The Leaders We Need to Address the Wildlife Crisis and the Climate Crisis are Here

Our wildlife and lands face unprecedented challenges from the effects of climate change, toxic pollutants flowing into our air and water, energy development, mismanagement of natural resources, and worsening natural …

Sage grouse flying across a clear blue background

A primer on the federal oil and gas leasing pause

Our public lands are critical for wildlife habitat, for delivering clean air and clean water, and for our growing outdoor economy. Oil and gas companies have had an outsized influence …

A group of elk in front of a snowy backdrop, with one elk front and center.

Nine Wildlife Wins in 2020

It’s true that the past year has been dominated by headlines of gloom and doom. The disruption, uncertainty, and extreme hardship that has resulted from the global pandemic and economic …

Noncompetitive Leasing is Bad for Wildlife, Outdoor Recreation, and Taxpayers

Over the past three-and-a-half years, the Trump administration has prioritized oil and gas development over all other uses of America’s public lands.  Anglers, hikers, bird watchers, and sportsmen have widely …

“Energy Dominance”: Three Years of a Disastrous Policy for Wildlife and Communities

March 2020 marked a somber anniversary. Three years ago, the Trump administration announced its so-called “energy dominance” doctrine, which, as the name implies has put energy development as the priority …

5 Wildlife Wins Delivered by the National Environmental Policy Act

Whether it’s protecting mule deer in Colorado, moose in Montana, elk in Wyoming, salmon in California or blue herons in Michigan, a law that was signed by President Richard Nixon …

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