We’re working to pass the Protect America’s Wildlife and Fish in Need of Conservation Act (PAW and FIN Conservation Act), legislation introduced by Rep. Raul Grijalva and Sen. Tom Udall to undo President Trump’s rollback of the ESA.
In the long-term, we need to strengthen the ESA to include protections that kick in when a species’ numbers begin to fall, rather than waiting until their very survival is threatened to act.
And beyond the ESA, we need to keep habitats large and whole to give wildlife even more space. Specifically, we need to promote the expansion of wildlife corridors through our support of the bipartisan Wildlife Corridors Conservation Act. We must also stop proposals that threaten America’s wild places, which are not only worth protecting for their own sake but are also important habitats. That’s why we’re working to stop plans to drill for oil in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, where polar bears and caribou roam; to log the untamed roadless areas of the Tongass National Forest, home to trees older than America; and to open the Pacific and Atlantic coasts for expanded offshore drilling, which leads to spilling and will harm whales, dolphins, otters and more.