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

Being a Merlin

August 29, 2022

WildEarth Guardians’ staff attorney Kate Merlin can definitely relate to the falcon, which uses insight and strategy to hunt larger birds

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WildEarth Guardians’ 2022 Gala will be live streamed

September 1, 2022

You can be part of the celebration and discussion wherever you are

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The Biden administration needs to stop defending illegal fracking in the Greater Chaco region

September 21, 2022

U.S. Department of the Interior defending drilling permits illicitly approved by Trump administration

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WildEarth Guardians Press

Alma ‘Rosie’ Sanchez: Restoration plan will help us live alongside wolves again

Daily Camera | Aug 27, 2022

The past three years of my life have been spent talking to people about wolves returning to Colorado. I heard people’s fears and the potential impact on individuals’ livelihood and way of life. I also heard excitement about the possible benefits of returning a native carnivore and living ancestor to their home.

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Judge to state: After 13 years, no more delays on oil, gas air permit action

The Daily Sentinel | Sep 24, 2022

A judge in Garfield County has ordered state officials to act “without additional delay” on an air-pollution permit application for a large oil and gas waste management facility north of Parachute after failing after more than 13 years to make a decision required within 18 months.

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