The Western Environmental Law Center, a nonprofit public-interest environmental law firm, is proud to announce the addition of author and conservationist Brooke Williams to its board of directors.

Brooke’s conservation career spans 30 years, most recently as field advocate with the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance. He has a master’s of business administration degree in sustainable business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute. He is a freelance journalist with four books including Open Midnight, Where Wilderness and Ancestors Meet, and dozens of articles. He and his wife, writer Terry Tempest Williams split their time between Castle Valley, Utah, and Cambridge, Massachusetts.

“We are thrilled to welcome to our board such a distinguished leader in Western conservation policy to help us better protect our treasured landscapes, their iconic wildlife, and our shared climate,” said WELC Executive Director Erik Schlenker-Goodrich.

“Since the 2016 election, environmental ‘gains’ have been few and far between. Holding the line in the courts has been, and will continue to be into the near future, the most effective strategy,” said Williams. “WELC’s list of successes in controlling industry and government using existing laws is extensive and impressive and I was honored to asked to join them. As a life-long environmentalist, these are frustrating times, made less so by getting involved with the dedicated people at WELC.”

“Brooke’s perspective on environmental issues in Utah and Wyoming will serve WELC well,” said Board President Karin Sheldon. “It will be wonderful to have Brooke at the table as we chart our course to best defend the West.”

Founded in 1993, the Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West. WELC is governed by a board of directors comprised of renowned attorneys, academics, and conservationists from across the country.


Erik Schlenker-Goodrich, WELC Executive Director, 575-751-0351,

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