Understanding that the future of the American West means little without its iconic wildlife, WELC is dedicated to protecting native animals while preserving and restoring the healthy, functioning natural ecosystems they call home.

Conservationists Condemn Premature Stripping of Protections for Yellowstone’s Grizzlies (Statement 6/22/17)

Planned Trophy Hunts Would Fundamentally Undermine Grizzly Recovery

Today, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced it is finalizing its flawed proposal to strip grizzly bears in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem of Endangered Species Act protections despite overwhelming public and Tribal opposition. The removal of federal safeguards sets the stage for planned trophy hunting seasons in Montana, Wyoming and Idaho in a kill zone outside the boundaries of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks.

Oregon Legislature puts permanent restrictions on suction dredge mining


Legislation to put permanent restrictions on motorized suction dredge mining in Oregon is headed to the Governor for her signature.

Lawmakers, led by the late Sen. Alan Bates, struggled for years to find a compromise between protecting the state’s iconic salmon and steelhead and supporting the hobby miners who have invested in equipment and spend money in struggling rural communities.

Guest opinion: Time isn't right for Yellowstone grizzly delisting


The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is declaring grizzlies in the Yellowstone region recovered and preparing to strip them of their Endangered Species Act protections, likely in early June.

Conservation Groups File Series of Lawsuits to Enforce Transparency Under Trump (News Release 6/14/17)

Federal Government Stonewalling Efforts to Obtain Public Information on Wildlife, Environment

In a series of legal actions filed today and yesterday, WildEarth Guardians and the Western Environmental Law Center stepped up their efforts to compel the Trump administration to publicly release government records related to the killing of western wildlife and oversight of fossil fuel companies.

Washington Wildlife Officials Too Quick to Kill Wolves (News Release 6/2/17)


Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife officials late Thursday released a new protocol that would allow wolves to be killed too soon after incidents with livestock and without enough oversight.

Federal Wildlife Killing Program Sued Over Carnivore Killing in Colorado (Press Release 4/12/17)

Lawsuit Targets Controversial Plan to Kill Black Bears, Mountain Lions in Colorado

Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services today over its carnivore-killing program in Colorado.

Judge says timber sale in Crater Lake's back yard could harm wildlife, orders study (Press Release 3/21/17)


A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued an order requiring the Umpqua National Forest to more comprehensively study environmental impacts of the proposed Loafer Timber Project timber sale. The Forest Service must complete the study and weigh its findings before proceeding with the timber sale in an area about 60 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon.

In light of lawsuit, coalition defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument


ASHLAND, Ore. - Despite two lawsuits being filed by two Oregon timber companies against the expansion, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

News10 first brought you the news of the expansion when former President Obama announced it on January 12.

Dave Willis, chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council defended the monument in statement, calling it one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (News Release 2/27/17)


Late last Friday, local and partner conservation groups intervened in two lawsuits to protect the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from challenges brought by timber interests. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Idaho Settlement Ensures Notification for Wildlife Killing Contests on BLM Lands (News Release 2/23/17)

Cruel, Unethical Competitions Stopped for Last Two Years

Yesterday, the Federal District Court of Idaho approved a settlement agreement between six conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management ensuring public notice of a wildlife killing contest on BLM-managed public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

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