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

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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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Federal Court Decision Upholds Protections in New Mexico’s Santa Fe National Forest

Conservation Groups Successfully Defend Limits on Off-road Vehicle Use

Conservation groups are praising a federal court ruling today upholding a June 2012 decision by the Santa Fe National Forest supervisor that protected more than 400,000 acres from cross-country...

Conservationists File for State Director Review of Extensive Oil Drilling Program on Western Colorado’s Public Lands (Press Release 07.17.14)

Groups Ask BLM Colorado State Director to Reverse Uninformed Decision that Authorized 108 New Oil Wells

Conservation groups filed a request for State Director Review...

Conservation Leaders Join Western Environmental Law Center’s Board of Directors

The Western Environmental Law Center (“WELC”), a nonprofit public-interest environmental law firm, is proud to announce the addition of two conservation leaders to its Board of Directors. Joining...

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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