WildEarth Guardians

A Force for Nature

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About WildEarth Guardians – who we are and what we do

About Us

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

Driven by passion, we’ve tackled some of the West’s most difficult and pressing conservation challenges over the past three decades. We’ve celebrated small victories (banning leghold trapping in the state of Colorado), monumental triumphs (ending logging on more than 21 million acres in the Southwest), and everything in-between.

We’re proof that a group of committed, visionary, idealistic, and passionate caretakers of the wild can take on the most daunting adversaries—and win.

Guardians’ Staff and Board

Working in offices across the West, WildEarth Guardians’ staff, board, and interns bring their passion, drive, and intellect to keep our mission moving forward every day.

Get to know the team



Winning for the Wild

Learn about how we successfully kept billions of tons of coal in the ground; gave the Rio Grande a pulse; protected hundreds of imperiled species; and much more.

Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

As advocates for justice, we must reflect upon and address the ways in which unequal distribution and consolidation of power and privilege have had–and continue to have–unjust impacts on the interconnected web of people and nature. People and nature have not only a right to exist, but to thrive, and any inequities that impact one impact the whole ecosystem.

Read Our Full Statement


Brave New Wild Blog

WildEarth Guardians Press

Get rid of all ‘forever chemicals’

Santa Fe New Mexican | May 1, 2023

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham wants to protect New Mexicans from dangerous PFAS “forever chemicals.” Will she include oil and gas PFAS as well?

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Low Flow Conveyance Channel — an idea that won’t die
Santa Fe New Mexican | Apr 22, 2023
A dancing bird finally gets some protection
Carlsbad Current Argus | Apr 5, 2023
More work remains to ensure lobo survival
Santa Fe New Mexican | Mar 29, 2023

Oil and gas land sale nets $79M. New Mexico environmental groups fear climate impacts

Carlsbad Current Argus | May 28, 2023

A contentious auction of public land to the oil and gas industry brought in about $78.8 million to the federal government this week, amid outcry from New Mexico environmental groups calling for a halt on using the lands for fossil fuel drilling.

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