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.

See Landmark Victories

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Recent Stories

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

Sustainable Missoula: Montana’s public lands are critical for climate progress

Missoula Current | Jul 19, 2019

Montana’s public lands are priceless. They’re an economic lifeblood, a source of clean water and air, home to thriving fish and wildlife, and a cornerstone of the state’s outdoor heritage. Unfortunately, the state’s public lands are under siege by a fossil fuel industry-driven “energy dominance” agenda.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Trump’s dirty water rule threatens my desert home
Santa Fe New Mexican | Apr 20, 2019
Clean Water rollback a nightmare for Rio Grande
Albuquerque Journal | Apr 10, 2019
Clean water rollback a nightmare for Rio Grande
Albuquerque Journal | Apr 10, 2019

Federal officials reject petition to list Joshua tree as threatened under Endangered Species Act

Desert Sun | Aug 15, 2019

The Joshua tree does not require protection under the ESA, the Fish and Wildlife Service said in a decision announced Wednesday. WildEarth Guardians petitioned the service in 2015, seeking to have the iconic desert plant and namesake of Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California listed as a threatened species.

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