Protecting Public Lands

Forests play a vital role as sources of clean drinking water, habitat for wildlife, and places for recreational and spiritual renewal for all people. Yet intact native forest ecosystems in the West are rare and quickly disappearing. Roughly less than 10% of pristine forests – interior western ponderosa pine ecosystems and coastal fir forests – remain unaffected by logging, roads, livestock grazing, or other disruptive activities.

The Western Environmental Law Center has a long history of advocating for the protection and restoration of our nation’s national forests. Our objective is to protect native old forests in the West; help restore logged or roaded forests through sensitive management, including prescribed fire; and prevent damaging salvage (post-fire) logging.