Posts Categorized: Public Lands

Birds at Chincoteague NWR, © Steve Hillebrand/USFWS

Celebrate Your Public Lands! »

This Saturday, September 26, is National Public Lands Day. This day of celebration invites Americans to enjoy the lands that belong to them, and even volunteer in projects to enhance public lands and resources.

Florida panther, ©Connie Bransilver/USFWS

Wildlife Network Looks Great from 1,000 Feet »

This spring, Defenders and the University of Florida finished mapping a network of wildlife habitats and corridors across Northwest Florida. We used geographic information system (GIS) models to map priority unprotected habitats and to identify areas that will be developed in the years to come.

rainforest wolf, © Sam Catron

Win for Alaska Wildlife! »

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has secured a pivotal victory for wildlife, watershed, and forest conservation, striking down the Bush Administration’s illegal attempt to exempt Alaska from the Forest Service’s Roadless Rule. There will be no more roads through the wildlands of the Tongass National Forest.

Bighorn sheep, © Byron Hukee

Cutting up the California Desert »

Finding appropriate places to develop large-scale solar energy projects is not an easy task. The BLM’s solar energy program was just the first step toward developing an approach to zoning public lands for development while ensuring that habitats and wildlife are protected.

Rim Fire, © Mike McMillan/USFS

Summer: A Season for Fun–and Fire »

Though small, frequent fires during wildfire season are usually good, large, uncharacteristic wildfires can be bad for native wildlife habitat. There are three major reasons that wildfires are such a problem right now.