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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?

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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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National Forest Roads and Wildfire

September 25, 2020

Forest roads increase wildfire risk, affect fire behavior, and cause serious ecological impacts when fire strikes

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Recovering Mexican spotted owls and restoring trust

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Recovering Mexican Spotted Owls and Restoring Trust

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Suit takes aim at Pendley status in hopes of tossing new Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan

Montrose Press | Oct 29, 2020

Conservation groups that previously sued over the updated resource management plan for the Uncompahgre Field Office of the Bureau of Land Management now contend the plan is void, because at the time of its approval, William Perry Pendley was illegally exercising the authority of the BLM’s acting director.

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