Saving Species and Habitat
Amidst the hail of blows launched against wildlife and the Endangered Species Act this year by Trump and Congress, we pulled out some key victories.
Along with allies across the country, we stopped trophy hunting of Yellowstone's famed grizzly bears, restoring the bears' protections with an important court win. We brought a halt once again to the destructive Keystone XL pipeline, which would worsen climate change, threaten wildlife and put rivers at risk. We won protection for Louisiana pine snakes and Black Warrior waterdogs, secured 11,000 acres of protected plant habitat in Hawaii, and proposed protection for 1,040 Southeast river miles.
We also threw a lifeline to the South's suffering freshwater turtle populations — which are in cataclysmic decline from overcollection for trade — by stopping commercial harvest of turtles in Missouri and Texas and winning a partial collection ban in Arkansas.