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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

Ecosystem Restoration

Restoring scarred landscapes by planting trees, removing fences, and bringing beavers back

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

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

Grazing Permit Retirement

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

What the Heck is Rewilding?

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

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Recent Stories From Public Lands

Public Lands Press

On Losing and Winning

Counter Punch | Nov 13, 2020

In a recent phone conversation with a group of friends, we were asked to speak about loss as a sort of cathartic recognition of the feelings of the moment, induced by certain biological, viral, and political upheavals…

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A Call to Reclaim Our Awareness for the Wild
Counter Punch | Nov 5, 2020
National Forest Roads and Wildfire
Counter Punch | Oct 8, 2020

Oil and gas drilling on New Mexico public land opposed, citing air pollution concerns

Carlsbad Current Argus | Nov 23, 2020

Oil and gas operations on federal land continued to be opposed as multiple environmental groups filed written protests of an upcoming auction of land in New Mexico for drilling. The Bureau of Land Management planned to offer 33 parcels of land in a lease sale scheduled for January 14, 2021.

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