State oil and gas rules are falling short to control methane waste on public lands.

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The state needs to develop trapping restrictions to protect this rare, wild cat from being inadvertently killed.

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

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Lawsuit Challenges Wildlife Services' Authority to Kill Wolves in Oregon (Press Release 2/3/16)

Conservation groups filed a lawsuit today challenging the authority of the federal wildlife-killing program Wildlife Services to kill any of the approximately 81 remaining gray wolves...

National Forest in Arizona Challenged to Protect Wildlife from Motorized Uses (Press Release 1/25/16)

Suit Filed to Stop Excessive Cross-Country Travel by Motor Vehicles

Four conservation groups, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed suit today against the Kaibab National Forest in Arizona, aiming to protect wildlife and cultural...

BLM methane rule an important step for NM, nation (Press Release 1/22/16)

Reductions will benefit climate, improve health, reduce waste, and generate revenue

The Bureau of Land Management today released for public comment a proposed rule to rein in out-of-control methane waste on federal lands by the oil and gas industry. BLM is required to...

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