05:18 PM

For Immediate Release

Press Conference: Congressional Attacks on the Endangered Species Act

(Washington - July 18, 2017) Tomorrow, July 19th, the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources is holding a legislative hearing on five bills that would harm threatened and endangered species and erode our most important tool to save them from permanent extinction: the Endangered Species Act. Simultaneously, the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works will hold a hearing on the so-called “H.E.L.P for Wildlife” Act, which would end Endangered Species Act protections for wolves in the Great Lakes region and bar judicial review of wolf delisting in the Great Lakes and Wyoming.

Please join Congressman Raul Grijalva, ranking minority member of the Natural Resources committee; Jeff Corwin, wildlife biologist, author and television personality who will be testifying at the hearing; and Jamie Rappaport Clark, President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife and former Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, for a press conference prior to the hearings where they will discuss legislative attacks on the Act and the importance of preserving and protecting endangered species.

The press conference will be held at the U.S. Capitol’s House Triangle, on the House side of the Capitol’s East Front at 9:30am. Speakers will give brief opening remarks and then allow for reporter questions before heading directly into the House committee hearing.

What: Congressional Hearings on the Endangered Species Act


  • Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3rd) – Ranking Member, U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources
  • Jeff Corwin – wildlife biologist, author, host of ABC’s hit series, “Ocean Treks with Jeff Corwin”
  • Jamie Rappaport Clark – President and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife

Where: House Triangle (corner of Independence Ave. SE and New Jersey Ave. SE)

When: 9:30 a.m. July 19, 2017

For more information, or to arrange an interview with Mr. Corwin or Ms. Rappaport Clark, please contact: Jared Saylor, Defenders of Wildlife; jsaylor@defenders.org or (202) 772-3255

Defenders of Wildlife is dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities. With over 1.8 million members and activists, Defenders of Wildlife is a leading advocate for innovative solutions to safeguard our wildlife heritage for generations to come. For more information, visit Newsroom.Defenders.org and follow us on Twitter @DefendersNews.