Protecting Forests

Forests play a vital role as sources of clean drinking water, habitat for wildlife, and places for recreational and spiritual renewal for all people. Yet intact native forest ecosystems in the West are rare and quickly disappearing. Roughly less than 10% of pristine forests – interior western ponderosa pine ecosystems and coastal fir forests – remain unaffected by logging, roads, livestock grazing, or other disruptive activities.

The Western Environmental Law Center has a long history of advocating for the protection and restoration of our nation's national forests. Our objective is to protect native old forests in the West; help restore logged or roaded forests through sensitive management, including prescribed fire; and prevent damaging salvage (post-fire) logging.

Human Readable Name


Keeping Crater Lake Wild (OR)
Defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument Expansion (OR, CA)
Forest Collaborative: Wallowa-Whitman National Forest (OR)
Jordan Cove LNG Terminal & Pacific Connector Pipeline (OR)
Malheur National Forest: Blue Mountains Forest Partners (OR)
National Forest Management Act Planning Rule Federal Advisory Committee (Nation)
Promoting Natural Fire Recovery in California's Klamath National Forest (CA)
Protecting San Isabel National Forest Wolverine and Lynx from Habitat Destruction (CO)
Protecting the Kaibab National Forest from Cross-Country Motorized Travel (AZ)
Smith River ORV Plan Challenge (CA)
Sonoran Desert National Monument (AZ)
Victory! National Forest Management Act: Protecting Our Public Forests (Nation)
Victory! Preserving Elk Habitat in Helena National Forest (MT)
Wetland Jewels (NM)
Defending Science-Based Forest Management in Oregon (OR)
Victory! North Fork Valley Oil & Gas Challenge (CO)