WildEarth Guardians

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WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West.


We believe in nature’s right to exist—and thrive. Driven by passion, we’ve tackled some of the West’s most difficult and pressing conservation challenges over the past three decades. Our work is organized around four programs—Wildlife, Public Lands, Rivers and Climate +Energy—bringing people, science, and the law together in defense of the American West.

Support a nationwide ban on wildlife killing contests

Wildlife killing contests are barbaric and reprehensible. Help us put an end to these contests nationwide. Sign our petition today!
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Grazing permit retirement makes sense for the Gila

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Guardians' Virtual Events

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all in-person events are canceled until further notice. Though physically separate, we remain committed to the Guardians community and sharing our work though virtual events. Please join us.
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WildEarth Guardians Press

The decline of hunting shouldn’t be a crisis for wildlife conservation

Missoulian | Mar 15, 2020

A new paradigm is within reach, but only if we stop desperately clinging to a world that no longer exists. Wildlife benefits everyone — our ecosystems, our economies, and our enjoyment are connected to the natural world and the native species that make it function.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Reforming expectations to save Western rivers
Santa Fe New Mexican | Feb 15, 2020
The Joshua Tree is Us
Counter Punch | Nov 14, 2019

Colorado oil, gas regulators hit pause on new rules because of coronavirus

The Denver Post | Mar 28, 2020

The state agency that is writing and approving rules to carry out an overhaul of how oil and gas are regulated in Colorado is pausing the work while in-person hearings are off the table because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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