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Protect public lands – connect vast landscapes where wildlife can roam

Public Lands

Our greatest conservation opportunity is protecting and connecting the West’s vast landscapes where majestic wildlife can roam—from the largest grizzly to the smallest meadow jumping mouse; where birds can soar and sage grouse can strut; where fish thrive in water that is pure and clean; and where people experience the primal power of the wild.

Yet the federal government and corporate interests have other ideas, and are bent on destroying public lands, waters, and wildlife with increased logging, mining, livestock grazing, oil and gas development, motorized use, and even more roads.

Guardians combats this culture of extraction with connection, protection, and healing, deploying strategies from education and restoration to advocacy and litigation to preserve and restore America’s wild places, wild rivers, and wildlife. We think and act at the local, regional, and West-wide levels: from the unparalleled biodiversity of the Greater Gila in New Mexico to the majesty of Glacier National Park, from the mountain sources of rushing rivers along their flow through the Pacific Northwest, we strive for vast, interconnected landscapes teeming with the diversity of life.

The Status of the Grizzly Bear: Has it Really Recovered?

Five leading experts present their findings.

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Public Lands Program Work

WildEarth Guardians plants native vegetation along riversides once scarred by livestock grazing, protects wild landscapes from disruptive and damaging motorized off-road vehicles, and much more.

Public Lands in Public Hands

Protecting public lands from agencies, Congress, modern-day robber barons, and everyone else who seeks to privatize them

Rewild Lands and Waters

Removing unneeded roads from public lands, maintaining roads that are still needed, and restoring passage for fish when roads block their spawning grounds

Grazing Permit Retirement

A proven strategy to equitably resolve conflicts between historic uses and modern ecological realities

Moderating Motorized Use

Keeping off-road vehicles and snowmobiles off of fragile landscapes to protect wildlife and water quality

The Greater Gila

Safeguarding the diversity and dynamism of the Greater Gila Bioregion, including working with ranchers to retire grazing allotments and return Mexican wolves to their ancestral homeland

What the Heck is Rewilding?

Find out more about rewilding in this blog post from Guardians’ Pacific Northwest Conservation Manager.

Recent Stories From Public Lands

Restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

April 30, 2021

The need to reinstate the boundaries of these two national monuments is urgent, so ask President Biden to act quickly

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Restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

April 30, 2021

The need to reinstate the boundaries of these two national monuments is urgent, so ask President Biden to act quickly

Read more >

Restore Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante

April 30, 2021

The need to reinstate the boundaries of these two national monuments is urgent, so ask President Biden to act quickly

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Public Lands Press

Signing Roxy’s Law moves New Mexico forward

Santa Fe New Mexican | Apr 5, 2021

Thinking about some other Western states’ version of so-called “leadership,” I am grateful for what we have here in New Mexico. Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte is infamous for assaulting a journalist, attempting to undermine democracy and violating his state’s hunting regulations (at least twice).

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Forest Service delays logging project near Yellowstone park

Casper Star Tribune | May 15, 2021

The U.S. Forest Service has delayed a proposed logging project just outside the boundaries of Yellowstone National Park that the agency said was meant to reduce the risk of fire and improve forest health, but that opponents said would harm habitat for grizzly bears, lynx, pine martens and wolverines.

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