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.

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.

Photo: David Palmer

Recent Stories

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The doctor is in

August 10, 2022

Samantha Ruscavage-Barz lays down the law for the Wild as WildEarth Guardians legal director

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Big court win opens door to keep coal in the ground

August 11, 2022

Court orders new look at coal mining, oil and gas drilling on public lands in the Powder River Basin of Montana and Wyoming

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sam ruscavage-barz wildearth guardians

The doctor is in

August 10, 2022

Samantha Ruscavage-Barz lays down the law for the Wild as WildEarth Guardians legal director

Read more >
sam ruscavage-barz wildearth guardians

The doctor is in

August 10, 2022

Samantha Ruscavage-Barz lays down the law for the Wild as WildEarth Guardians legal director

Read more >

WildEarth Guardians Press

Montana’s wolf population struggling despite Montana FWP claims

Montana Standard | Aug 12, 2022

The gray wolf roamed Montana for thousands of years, balancing ecosystems in the wild places that many of us cherish today.

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Judge: Lower Green Peter to Help Fish

Lebanon Local | Aug 12, 2022

Green Peter Reservoir will be lowered to historic levels this fall and early winter, during which period its dam generators will cease to produce electric power, in an effort to preserve young Chinook salmon and steelhead, a federal judge has ordered.

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