We Defend the West

Defending Wildlands | Protecting Wildlife | Safeguarding Climate

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the western U.S. in the face of a changing climate. We envision a thriving, resilient West, abundant with protected public lands and wildlife, powered by clean energy, and defended by communities rooted in an ethic of conservation.

We Defend the West

Defending Wildlands | Protecting Wildlife | Safeguarding Climate

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the western U.S. in the face of a changing climate. We envision a thriving, resilient West, abundant with protected public lands and wildlife, powered by clean energy, and defended by communities rooted in an ethic of conservation.

 

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We Defend the West

Defending Wildlands
Protecting Wildlife
Safeguarding Climate

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the western U.S. in the face of a changing climate. We envision a thriving, resilient West, abundant with protected public lands and wildlife, powered by clean energy, and defended by communities rooted in an ethic of conservation.

 

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VICTORY FOR WOLVES

WELC’s Case Restored Endangered Species Protections

Alongside our excellent partners, we restored endangered species protections for wolves across most of the U.S. Wolves in the western U.S. need those protections to return to their role as beneficial ecosystem regulators in places from which they were eradicated over a century ago. Read more

Defending Wildlands

Defending Wildlands

The western U.S. is defined by its natural heritage of wildlands, rivers, forests, and wildlife. Since its inception, WELC has worked hard to preserve and restore these unique characteristics.

Protecting Wildlife

Protecting Wildlife

The western U.S. depends on its iconic wildlife. WELC protects native animals while preserving and restoring the healthy, functioning natural ecosystems they call home.

Safeguarding Climate

Safeguarding Climate

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife of the western U.S. But, as the saying goes, in every crisis lies opportunity.

Supreme Court aborts its credibility

Today’s Supreme Court decision eliminating a woman’s constitutional right to safe, legal abortions lays bare the court’s conservative perspective and eliminates 50 years of freedom for American women and non-binary people to choose what happens to their own bodies....

WELC Acknowledges Stolen Lands

The Western Environmental Law Center acknowledges that the lands we live and work on across the western United States were stolen from the original peoples that lived here. We respectfully honor the Tribes and original peoples who have long stewarded these lands. Read more here.

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