Our Work

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to defend and protect the American West’s treasured landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rural communities. 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. We integrate national policies and regional perspective with the local knowledge of our 100+ partner groups to implement smart and appropriate place-based actions.

WELC has a highly experienced team of attorneys, conservation biologists, and Western policy experts. We work close to the ground, with offices in Oregon, New Mexico, Montana, and Washington. 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.

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VIEW VIDEO: WELC CELEBRATES 20 YEARS OF DEFENDING THE WEST

WELC is committed to defending the West's threatened areas.
Nancye & Jim Ballard, donors since 2002.

Campaigns

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