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.
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Recent Stories

Large Landscape Conservation Just Makes Cents

July 17, 2020

We envision a large landscape designation in the Greater Gila Bioregion that would set the stage for the ecological and economic benefits of land protections to be, for lack of a better word, capitalized on. 

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Beckoning the Beavers

October 30, 2019

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve thought beavers were worthy of my admiration. Sadly, beavers have been eradicated from literally tens of thousands of miles of streams and small rivers—the victims of both trapping and habitat degradation.

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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

When it comes to killing Washington’s wolves, there are no rules

The Wenatchee World | Jul 30, 2020

The Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife has effectively decided that it kills wolves whenever and however it feels like killing wolves. This policy has been made loud and clear over the past month, and it was solidified by the recent issuance of a wolf kill orders.

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Trump Admin Defining the Word ‘Habitat’ in Sneaky New Effort to Trash Endangered Species Act

Enviro News | Aug 6, 2020

In what prominent conservation group WildEarth Guardians is calling “death by a thousand cuts,” the Trump Administration is at it again, with another proposed change that would weaken the overwhelmingly popular Endangered Species Act. This go-round features an attempt to define the word habitat in an effort to affect what can be classified as critical habitat.

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