VICTORY!

Court Rejects Plan to Expand New Mexico Coal Mine!

VICTORY!

Our work led to a court order for BLM to re-evaluate recreational shooting in Sonoran Desert National Monument!

VICTORY!

Timber industry drops appeal of rare species protections on federal land in Northwest!

PROTECTING THE WEST'S WILDLIFE

We're fighting for a future where a wolf’s howl can still be heard through the chilled night air.

DEFENDING OUR WILD PLACES

We value wild lands that sustain all life and provide opportunities for recreation and solitude.

SAFEGUARDING THE WEST FROM FRACKING

We protect communities from dangerous oil and gas development.

WATER IS LIFE

We advocate to restore wild salmon runs, native forests, and clean drinking water.

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Free Event to Protect Greater Chaco from Fracking: Art, Film, & Discussion

Enjoy a photo exhibition and book signing with Black Place photographer Walter Nelson, the film The Mystery of Chaco Canyon narrated by Robert Redford, and a Q&A with the artist, community organizers, and WELC staff about protecting Chaco.

July 9 at 5:30pm

Santa Fe, New Mexico

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Sign our petition to stop the Forest Service from logging threatened lynx habitat!

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Front Articles

Headlines

Groups file suit to protect Mexican gray wolves in New Mexico and Arizona (Press Release 7/2/15)

Challenge federal policies that further imperil endangered wild wolves

A coalition of local, regional and national conservation watchdog groups filed suit today to ensure the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service adopts policies that give endangered Mexican gray wolves a...

Kid ninjas save the world (MSNBC News 7/1/15)

Zoe Foster is 13 years old. She likes going to the beach. When not busy with homework, she also enjoys suing Washington State in King County Superior Court.

The story of Zoe’s lawsuit...

Drilling Opponents Want BLM To Consider Cumulative Effects (KUNM Radio Story 7/1/15)

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There used to be big talk about a big...

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Defending and restoring the natural heritage of the West
Protecting and recovering wildlife species indigenous to the West
Fighting dirty energy while promoting a clean, renewable energy future in the West