THIS IS YOUR LAND We use the power of law to protect the West's wild places for you, your children, and grandchildren.

THIS IS THEIR LAND
We are a unique and powerful voice for all of the West's creatures, great and small. Their future is our future.

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The wild places that sustain all life and provide opportunities for recreation and quiet solitude.

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Plan to Lease Santa Fe National Forest for Oil and Gas Drilling Risks Community Health and Cultural Resources (press release 10.20.14)

Litigation Prepared to Challenge Illegal 20,000 Acre Public Lands Lease

A broad coalition of local and national conservation groups announced plans to sue the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”), if the agency proceeds with the sale of...

Montana Court Orders State To Close Loophole To Protect Water Rights (press release 10.20.14)

Developers abused the state’s loophole to appropriate water for new subdivisions, threatening the availability of water for existing users.

The Montana District Court for Lewis and Clark County has ordered Montana Department of...

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist...

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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