This small group of people is indeed changing the world.

WELC is on a winning streak, saving wild places, wildlife, and communities across the West.

VICTORY!

Wolverines will be reconsidered for protection under the Endangered Species Act! Only 250-300 remain in the wild.

VICTORY!

We protected clean water from coal mine pollution in Montana! We stopped toxic metals from being dumped into waterways!

VICTORY!

The 200+ mile liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline and terminal project in Oregon is halted!

State oil and gas rules are falling short to control methane waste on public lands.

This report shows why a strong federal rule is needed.

VICTORY FOR LYNX IN IDAHO!

The state needs to develop trapping restrictions to protect this rare, wild cat from being inadvertently killed.

TOP VICTORIES
IN 2015

Our efforts result in real, on-the-ground changes that defend ecosystems and communities across the West.

VICTORY!

We kept 170 million tons of coal in the ground by stopping the Bull Mountains Mine from expanding in Montana.

PROTECTING THE WEST'S WILDLIFE

We're fighting for a future where a wolf’s howl can still be heard through the chilled night air.

DEFENDING OUR WILD PLACES

We value wild lands that sustain all life and provide opportunities for recreation and solitude.

SAFEGUARDING THE WEST FROM FRACKING

We protect communities from dangerous oil and gas development.

WATER IS LIFE

We advocate to restore wild salmon runs, native forests, and clean drinking water.

OUR MOST IMPORTANT PARTNER: YOU

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Prevent Grizzly Bears from Losing Endangered Species Act Protection!


Watch a 4-minute video that details the risks to Chaco Canyon and why this area must be protected from fracking.

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Youths Secure Second Win In Washington State Climate Lawsuit (Press Release 4/29/16

Judge Chastises State, Rules From Bench Ordering State to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Today, in a surprise ruling from the bench in the critical climate case brought by youths against the state of Washington's Department of Ecology (“Ecology”), King County Superior Court...

Court Rules Against Unrestricted Motorized Travel in Santa Fe National Forest (Press Release 4/28/16)

Ruling Upholds Forest Service Plan to Protect Irreplaceable Wildlife Habitat and Minimize User Conflicts

The Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday dismissed an appeal of the U.S. Forest Service's 2012 Santa Fe National Forest...

Seattle Youths Head Back to King County Courthouse for Hearing on Landmark Climate Change Lawsuit (Media Advisory 4/26/16)

WHAT: Judge Hollis Hill will hear another round of oral arguments in the important case brought by seven young Washingtonians to address the Washington...

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Defending and restoring the natural heritage of the West
Protecting and recovering wildlife indigenous to the West
Fighting dirty energy while promoting a clean, renewable energy future in the West