Mary Beth Beetham

Director of Legislative Affairs
Mary Beth focuses on the Endangered Species Act and federal budget and appropriations issues related to the protection and conservation of wildlife and habitat. Over the years, Mary Beth has helped lead the environmental community on major natural resource funding issues and response to attacks on the environment through the federal budget process.

Posts By: Mary Beth Beetham

Mule deer, © Charlie Denton/USFS

Refuge in the Forest »

Refuges aren’t the only public lands vital to wildlife — our national forests provide havens for any number of threatened and endangered species. That’s why we have to make sure that the programs that keep national forests healthy for wildlife are kept, not cut.

Staging platform, © Krista Schlyer/Defenders

Protecting Wildlife From Poison »

When an oil spill or chemical leak threatens our nation’s wildlife, this program is there to investigate the cause, restore habitat, and prevent future incidents. Now its already-stretched budget could be cut even further, begging the question: when the next spill happens, who will be there to clean up the mess?