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 American West 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 American West 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 American West 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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Defending Wildlands

The American West 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

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

Safeguarding Climate

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the American West’s communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife. But, as the saying goes, in every crisis lies opportunity.

VICTORY for Greater Chaco

After years of perseverance fighting against the exploitation of the sacred Greater Chaco region, our efforts have been vindicated at the court of appeals. Oil and gas should have no place in this treasured landscape, and we’re honored to help amplify community voices and are dedicated to realizing our shared goal of lasting protection for Greater Chaco.

Trump administration proposes gutting environmental protections

The U.S. Forest Service has proposed a rule to overhaul its environmental analysis procedures under the National Environmental Policy Act, which will dramatically curtail the role the public and science play in land management decisions on 193 million acres of national forest lands across the country. Find our analysis here.