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.

Areas of Work

Our four programs bring people, science, and the law together in defense of the American West.

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Wildlife

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Public Lands

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Rivers

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Climate + Energy

Landmark Victories

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.

See Landmark Victories

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Recent Stories

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Mapping Injustice

May 9, 2019

This speech was originally delivered at Guardians’ Howling Affair in Denver on May 3, 2019

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Grizzly Guardian

August 22, 2018

Coming full circle in the battle to protect the West’s wildest bruin

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Why legislation authorizing permanent retirement of livestock grazing permits matters

July 23, 2018

Keeping livestock off public lands has many benefits, but existing law doesn’t allow for permanent livestock grazing permit retirement

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WildEarth Guardians Press

Trump’s dirty water rule threatens my desert home

Santa Fe New Mexican | Apr 20, 2019

The Trump administration is working toward a sinister rollback of existing clean water protections for intermittent and ephemeral streams. The proposed rule attempts to redefine which streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands are protected by the Clean Water Act.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Clean Water rollback a nightmare for Rio Grande
Albuquerque Journal | Apr 10, 2019
Clean water rollback a nightmare for Rio Grande
Albuquerque Journal | Apr 10, 2019
Stand up for what’s right
The Santa Fe New Mexican | Dec 15, 2018

Climate Lawsuit Aims to Stop Federal Fossil Fuel Leases in New Mexico

Climate Liability News | Jun 7, 2019

Following a federal court ruling that invalidated government oil and gas leasing in Wyoming on climate change grounds in March, a new lawsuit filed earlier this week seeks to overturn petroleum leasing on public land in New Mexico due to climate impacts.

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All Guardians In the News