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

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Ranching advocates lack a rural vision

August 20, 2018

Cattle grazing on much of the Western landscape makes no ecological sense, and further, has little economic relevance

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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

Yellowstone grizzlies: Court blocks ID, WY trophy hunts for 14 more days

Sep 13, 2018

MISSOULA, Mont. —Today, a U.S. District Court judge extended a temporary restraining order to block planned grizzly bear trophy hunts in Idaho and Wyoming for 14 more days while he prepares a ruling. The judge may only renew a temporary restraining ord

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All Guardians Press Releases

Time for Game and Fish to dump trapping

Albuquerque Journal | Aug 31, 2018

“Take a child hunting, fishing or trapping.” Hunting and angling – when done right and informed by the best available science – are fair-chase pursuits of food and learning. Trapping is, at best, a financial net-zero activity that perpetuates cruelty, privatizes a public resource, and endangers the safety of people, companion animals and imperiled species.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Chaco needs congressional leadership
The Santa Fe New Mexican | Mar 24, 2018
Valuable wolf now refugee, hostage
The Albuquerque Journal | Feb 24, 2018

Colorado land trust officials say oil drilling setback Prop 112 would cut public school funding

Aurora Sentinel | Sep 20, 2018

Proponents of the measure to increase the setback between oil and gas development and homes and schools to 2,500 feet stipulate the potential funding loss, but they maintain that public safety is paramount.

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All Guardians In the News

Lawsuit filed to halt sale of timber
Pamplin Media Group | Sep 19, 2018
Hunts of Yellowstone grizzlies delayed again
Post Register | Sep 14, 2018
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