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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Public Lands

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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

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Save the Wolves, Save the Wild

April 19, 2019

Anyone who values the wildness of America, who wants intact ecosystems, who believes native species belong, or who wants the opportunity to someday hear a wolf howling needs to step up and oppose this wolf delisting

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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

Clean Water rollback a nightmare for Rio Grande

Albuquerque Journal | Apr 10, 2019

The Trump administration’s proposal to roll back Clean Water Act protections is a real nightmare for the Santa Fe River and waterways throughout New Mexico. The rule eliminates categories of currently protected waters, including ephemeral and intermittent streams that only flow in direct response to precipitation; closed-basin lakes and watersheds; interstate waters; and most wetlands. Over 90 percent of waterways in New Mexico fall into these categories and would lose vital federal protections.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Stand up for what’s right
The Santa Fe New Mexican | Dec 15, 2018
Time for Game and Fish to dump trapping
Albuquerque Journal | Aug 31, 2018

Environmental groups say Wyoming BLM rushed review of climate change effects

Casper Star Tribune | Apr 17, 2019

U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras ruled last month that the Bureau of Land Management had failed to consider, or attempt to quantify, how potential fossil fuel development from those leases exacerbates a warming climate when it leased about 500 square miles of land to companies during the Obama years.

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