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

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

Group says devices kill non-target wildlife, including pets

Daily Inter Lake | Dec 9, 2018

Federal wildlife workers kill coyotes in Montana with an arsenal of lethal approaches. They shoot them from helicopters. They shoot them from airplanes. They employ leghold traps. They set snares. And they use M-44 devices that, once triggered, spray sodium cyanide into the carnivores’ mouths, where it mixes with moisture to form deadly cyanide gas.

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All Guardians In the News