Reducing Risk of Climate Change from BLM actions

The threat of global warming and climate change presents us with a defining moment. We believe that the federal stewards of our public lands – the U.S. Bureau of Land Management – are part of this defining moment. We’ve taken action to ensure that BLM addresses the significant emissions of greenhouse gases from oil and gas leasing and development, reduces these emissions by implementing proven, cost-effective measures, and ensures the resiliency our wildlands in the face of climate change impacts.

Second Suit In 2 Days Targets Wolf Program


LAS CRUCES -- For the second time in two days, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's management of the Mexican gray wolf recovery program was targeted by a federal lawsuit filed by conservation groups.

Eleven conservation groups filed a lawsuit in Tucson on Thursday, seeking a court order to overturn the recovery program's management by an interagency oversight committee.

Drilling the Climate (press release)

Colorado Oil and Gas Auction to Fuel Global Warming, BLM Ignoring its Responsibility to Protect Colorado’s Climate

A coalition of local, regional, and national citizens groups today challenged the U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s decision to open up more than 174,000 acres of Colorado to oil and gas drilling without taking action to protect Colorado’s climate. Despite the growing dangers of climate change to Colorado, the agency is ignoring the natural gas industry’s global warming pollution as it feverishly promotes a runaway drilling boom.

Conservation Groups Win Reconsideration of the “Village” at Wolf Creek Development (press release 2.19.08)


Conservationists concerned about detrimental impacts to the environment and wildlife with the proposed “Village at Wolf Creek” development celebrated a monumental victory today. Culminating 16 months of legal wrangling, the U.S. Forest Service and developer Red McCombs agreed to go back to the drawing board and complete a fair and unbiased Environmental Impact Statement for the controversial development proposed at the top of Wolf Creek Pass in southern Colorado.

Defending the Land

Western Environmental Law Center takes a stand for our environment.

Confronted with seemingly insurmountable odds, superheroes overwhelm their enemies, saving countless lives from inevitable death. In much the same way, Western Environmental Law Center’s staff takes on corporations, government agencies and even the Bush administration to save or otherwise protect the environment,wildlife and communities in the western United States.

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