Here’s just a small taste of what the WildEarth Guardians family of lawyers, campaigners, organizers, and you accomplished this year

Persistence, tenacity, and vision. These are defining characteristics of what it means to be a Guardian. We embrace conflict and aren’t afraid to stand up against the biggest bullies when it comes to protecting endangered species, native carnivores, precious public lands, healthy rivers, and clean air.

And we hold all of our elected leaders accountable—not just the worst of the bunch that are loudly pushing for wolf eradication or increased fracking. This includes President Biden, who continues to bow down to pressure from special interests rather than making the tough decisions that would ensure we have a livable future. This administration has refused to reverse—and has even defended—indefensible Trump rules that leave gray wolves, ancient forests, and clean waters in danger. And we’re not letting them get away with it.

As the year closes and we prepare for the struggles ahead, I’m calling on you to reaffirm your love for the wild and renew your support of WildEarth Guardians. Please make a donation of $50, $100, $250 or more, and it will be doubled!

Here’s just a small taste of what the Guardians family of lawyers, campaigners, organizers, and you accomplished this year:

  • After nearly 15 years of relentless grassroots activism, Guardians and our allies helped ban traps, snares, and poisons on public lands across New Mexico.
  • Following a decades-long battle initiated by Guardians, the lesser prairie chicken—a charismatic grassland bird—is poised to be protected under the Endangered Species Act.
  • We forced the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to acknowledge their obligation to protect iconic salmon and steelhead and the agency is now acting to ensure fish passage through several dams on the Willamette River in Oregon.
  • We halted plans to clearcut more than 4,600 acres of native forests and bulldoze up to 56 miles of road in the Custer-Gallatin National Forest just outside of Yellowstone National Park, providing a respite for grizzly bears, lynx, pine martens, and wolverines.
  • We convinced a federal district court to reject crucial aspects of the Flathead National Forest’s revised forest plan for failing to ensure conservation of grizzly bears and bull trout.
  • Together with our allies, we restored protections to 10 million acres of sage grouse habitat in Nevada and Idaho that Trump had previously given to the oil, gas, and mining industries for plundering.
  • We won a lawsuit to end the extraction 30 million tons of coal at the doorstep of Bryce Canyon National Park, rejecting this attempted fossil fuel grab authorized by the Trump administration.
  • In September, we secured a groundbreaking legal victory for the Joshua tree when a federal judge—a George W. Bush appointee no less—ruled the federal government violated the law when it failed to list the imperiled Joshua tree under the Endangered Species Act.
  • After years of dogged advocacy and defense, the Greater Chaco region is finally one big step closer to permanent protection! On November 15, President Biden and Department of the Interior Secretary Haaland announced plans to ban fracking within 10 miles of Chaco Culture National Historical Park and committed to working with Tribes and others to forever protect this sacred landscape.
  • And so much more.

As 2021 draws to a close, know that we will continue fighting to reverse climate change, protect public lands, and end social injustices that exploit people and the planet. Guardians is prepared for this moment, and with your ongoing support, we will continue to lead our nation to a better place.

Help fuel our continued fight in the new year by making a final, MATCHED gift of $50, $100, $250 or more to Guardians today.

We’re ready for what 2022 has in store and we need you at our side. Together we can shape a future where all beings are respected and valued! Thank you for your continued support.

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About the Author

John Horning | Executive Director, WildEarth Guardians

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