THIS IS YOUR LAND We use the power of law to protect the West's wild places for you, your children, and grandchildren.

THIS IS THEIR LAND
We are a unique and powerful voice for all of the West's creatures, great and small. Their future is our future.

WE DEFEND WHAT MATTERS
The wild places that sustain all life and provide opportunities for recreation and quiet solitude.

WE SPEAK TRUTH TO POWER
Clean air, healthy water and a stable climate. Fundamental rights defended.

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Conservationists Present Natural Gas Science to Oregon Governor as State Considers LNG Terminal (press release 8.14.14)

The proposed industrial gas project would exacerbate climate change in addition to threatening rivers, wildlife, and private property rights

WELC’s Susan Jane Brown Reappointed to National Forest Management Act Federal Advisory Committee

Committee will provide guidance and recommendations on the management of America’s national forests.

Susan Jane Brown, an attorney and forest law specialist with the Western Environmental Law Center, has been reappointed to the National...

Broad Alliance of Conservationists to Sue Feds Over Wolverine (press release 8.13.14)

WELC Will Represent Coalition Challenging Withdrawal of Endangered Species Act Listing

Bowing to political pressure, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) yesterday ...

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