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

Manage public lands for flexibility — including wolves

Santa Fe New Mexican | Nov 25, 2023

I love the lands of my home state deeply, and I long for the day when we can manage those lands for more than just the interests of human populations.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

NM must play a greater role in recovering iconic lobos
Albuquerque Journal | Nov 7, 2023
Rio Grande now just a trickle of water in Albuquerque
Albuquerque Journal | Sep 11, 2023
It’s time to live in harmony with grizzly bears
Missoula Current | Aug 31, 2023

Residents living near Montana coal mines warn feds about new state laws

Billings Gazette | Nov 2, 2023

Witnesses bordering three Montana coal mines expressed concerns for more than an hour about what mine runoff would become under a new state law redefining “material damage” when it comes to mine impacts on water quality outside of the mine’s footprint.

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All Guardians In the News