The earth’s wild places and wildlife, which we once took for granted, are under an unprecedented assault from irresponsible development, habitat loss, commercialization, and climate change. From blue whales to monarch butterflies, from the Southeast’s forests to America's Arctic, NRDC's Land and & Wildlife program works to save the wild in our world.

We choose the places and species on which we work to deliver maximum systematic change: to protect key pieces of larger landscapes, preserve species that leverage broad gains in biodiversity and ecosystem health, or drive policy solutions that will have widespread effects, particularly relating to climate change.

How we work is as important as what we work on. We leverage diverse expertise, including lawyers, ecologists, and engineers, and invest in relationships on the ground, as we did by partnering with tribal communities in Bristol Bay, Southern California, Southeast Alaska, the Arctic, and the Northern Rockies to instigate change.

We build momentum to keep fossil fuels in the ground and promote renewable energy on public lands. We fight to preserve places like Bristol Bay for the communities and wildlife that depend on their abundance and pristine ecosystems. We push to save vanishing species like native bees and Africa’s elephants. We advocate to save our last native forests, from Georgia to Alaska, from industrial destruction. And we drive the way toward a sustainable and prosperous energy future that includes the wild places and wild things that nourish the human spirit.


  • Keeping dirty energy in the ground and making sure renewable energy doesn't affect wildlife or lands
  • Protecting the Arctic from drilling, shipping, and industrialization
  • Stopping Alaska's Pebble Mine project and protecting the state's Bristol Bay and Cook Inlet; preserving roadless protections in the Tongass National Forest
  • Defending communities from fracking impacts
  • Preserving Southern California's open space and wildlife habitat, creating urban parks, and promoting sensible siting of solar in the state’s deserts
  • Protecting Western keystone species like grizzlies, wolves, and buffalo
  • Limiting impacts on communities from oil, gas, and coal in Montana, Wyoming, and North Dakota
  • Conserving remaining wilderness in Utah
  • Restoring monarch butterfly and bee habitat and fighting pesticide use that places bees and butterflies at risk
  • Protecting forest resources from drilling and pipelines and destructive logging
  • Saving marine mammals from damaging ocean noise, including Navy sonar and seismic testing for oil and gas
  • Eliminating the market for elephant ivory in China and the United States, blocking the legalization of rhino horn trade, and banning the international commercial trade in polar bear parts


Blog Post

President Obama's State of the Union address highlighted encouraged us all to keep moving forward with climate progress, including phasing out fossil-fuel production on federal lands.


Now deemed national monuments, these natural beauties will be protected for generations.

Personal Action

Be a good neighbor to struggling pollinators by turning your backyard into a welcome pit stop.


Energy companies are moving quickly to cut our southern forests and burn the trees as a fuel for electricity-generating power plants.

Policy Solution

Our pioneering work forces major noise polluters—who threaten the lives of marine mammals by drowning out the sounds they rely on—to comply with environmental laws.

NRDC in Action

How NRDC has fought for years to keep Yellowstone’s wild bison healthy—and free.