This small group of people is indeed changing the world.

WELC is on a winning streak, saving wild places, wildlife, and communities across the West.


Youths secure a big win in Washington state for our climate and for the future of our planet.


Wolverines will be reconsidered for protection under the Endangered Species Act! Only 250-300 remain in the wild.


We protected clean water from coal mine pollution in Montana! We stopped toxic metals from being dumped into waterways!

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

This report shows why a strong federal rule is needed.


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


Read about the most important cases our legal team will work on this year to defend the American West's environment and communities.


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Prevent Grizzly Bears from Losing Endangered Species Act Protection!

Watch a 4-minute video that details the risks to Chaco Canyon and why this area must be protected from fracking.


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To Protect Climate, Public Health, Americans Call for End to Federal Coal Program (News Release 7/28/16)

Ending Public Coal Leasing, Mining Would Keep 212 Million Tons of Carbon in Ground, Save $7 Trillion

A coalition of groups today called on President Obama to permanently end the federal coal program, highlighting the fact that ending leasing and mining of public coal in the United...

WA Youths Provide Inslee Administration with Climate Science to Make Proposed Clean Air Rule Comply With Law (News Release 7/25/16)

On behalf of youth climate activists who secured an unprecedented court order directing the...

Groups Challenge BLM Plan to Double Drilling in Colorado River Valley (Press Release 7/18/16)

Plan Allows Concentrated Drilling in Communities, But Fails to Consider Human Health and Climate

Today a coalition of environmental watchdog groups challenged a Bureau of Land Management (BLM) plan to expand oil and gas drilling on Colorado’s Western Slope, intensifying well...

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