About Us

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West. We envision a West with thriving, resilient wildlands, waters, and wildlife; a region powered by clean, renewable energy; and communities that are rooted in an ethic of conservation.  

We combine our legal skills with sound conservation biology and environmental science to address major environmental issues in the West in the most strategic and effective manner. We work at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and in all three branches of government. WELC integrates national policies and regional perspective with the local knowledge of our 150+ partner groups to implement smart and appropriate place-based actions.

WELC has a highly experienced team of expert attorneys and Western policy experts. We work close to the ground, with offices in Oregon, Montana, and New Mexico. As a public interest law firm, WELC does not charge clients and partners for services, but relies instead on charitable gifts from individuals, families, and foundations to accomplish our mission.

Click here to watch a short film commemorating WELC's 20 years (1993-2013) of Defending the West!

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WELC is rated Gold by GuideStar!

VIEW VIDEO: WELC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF DEFENDING THE WEST

Our Mission

We use the power of the law to safeguard the wildlife, wildlands, and communities of the American West.

 

Board

WELC is governed by a Board of Directors comprised of renowned attorneys, academics, and conservationists from across the country.

Staff

WELC has grown -- with offices throughout the West and over 15 staff members. Meet the people who, with the support of donors, do the day-to-day work of protecting the West.