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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Healing

October 5, 2018

This text was originally a speech delivered at the Guardians Gala on September 21, 2018

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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

Stand up for what’s right

The Santa Fe New Mexican | Dec 15, 2018

Given the current political climate, accountability may seem like a thing of the past. But the truth is, breaking the law has consequences. After a long and opaque process, the saga of Craig Thiessen, a rancher from Kansas who was grazing cattle on the Gila National Forest and intentionally killed a juvenile endangered Mexican gray wolf (“Advocates want rancher’s forest permit pulled,” June 24), came to the only just conclusion: In late November, the U.S. Forest Service revoked his public lands grazing permit.

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All Guardians Op-Eds

Time for Game and Fish to dump trapping
Albuquerque Journal | Aug 31, 2018
Chaco needs congressional leadership
The Santa Fe New Mexican | Mar 24, 2018

Interior, Planning to Expand Drilling Despite Shutdown, Urged to Halt Oil and Gas Leases

U.S. News & World Report | Jan 17, 2019

Nearly three dozen conservation and environmental groups on Thursday called on the Interior Department stop processing permits for oil and gas drilling during the shutdown and to delay planned lease sales of federal lands for such fossil fuel development.

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