WWP is unfortunately a rare group doing the work that mainstream organizations shy away from. Their style is open, honest, brave and just. If you hike, backpack, bird, hunt or fish western lands or care about the watersheds you should be thanking this unique and fine organization for their tireless work at bringing the renegade livestock industry to abide by laws and regulations on the books. The industry has always had their way by way of threats and intimidation. WWP doesn't buy the threats. They meticulously document the damage, go to court and win.
One of the best enviro-organisations in the US. Saving habitat and without all the flim flam of coffee mugs. cuddly toys, t-shirts etc etc. If you want to use your hard earned wages for some real philanthropic good, then donating to the Western Watersheds Project is a fine place to start.
Smart people who are out there getting the job done.
WWP takes on the fight other environmental groups tend to shy away from - for good reason. The work they are doing and exposing have direct impacts on those of us who reside in the Rocky Mountain West.
Western Watersheds is at the forefront of fighting to save arid western public lands and the watersheds they depend upon. From ground level volunteers to attorneys fighting in court to board members serving & directing, WWP is made up of visionary & dedicated people. They take on the legal battles necessary to preserve our public lands against large, well-funded and entrenched groups concerned mainly with making a buck to the detriment of these fragile landscapes. If I could rate them higher, I would.
Although the livestock industry likes to portray Western Watersheds as anti-rancher, I think they are one of the few that propose a way to resolve issues over public lands grazing. I like their proposed (and introduced) legislation in Congress that would allow payment to retire a grazing lease if a rancher wants to sell it and a non-profit wants to buy it and retire the lease for the benefit of wildlife, watershed, etc.
Despite this difficulty, WWP has gotten grazing leases in harmful locations closed, wildlife and water protected.
Currently there is no way to retire a federal grazing lease except for bad performance or other illegalities by a permittee and subsequent permittees. So at the present, retirement requires a tactic of pressing the agency to strictly enforce the laws and regulations. They are loath to do this, so WWP has to go to court on behalf of the public. It would be terrible if urban law enforcement had to use this method!
Anyway, cheers for WWP. They are braver than other organizations that deal with our public lands.
Western Watersheds Project is an extremely effective organization working to challenge outdated land management practices in the west through legal and political action. I recently became involved with WWP through visual monitoring of the impact of livestock on public land in sensitive grizzly bear habitat in Idaho and Wyoming. As a photographer and videographer, it has been appalling to document the damage and land degradation from grazing by cattle and domestic sheep. Top predators are a key part of a healthy, functioning ecosystem. For them to thrive, cattle and domestic sheep need to be removed from our public lands. WWP is working to help make this happen.
I'm a former BLM biologist who has seen first hand the multiple ways that livestock production has damaged and degraded public lands. The abuses go on in spite of efforts of many employees who know, as I did, how livestock was compromising public values like water quality, soils, wildlife habitat, and even recreational opportunities (camping among cow pies is not an experience most people enjoy).
That is why I so admire the tenacity and exceptional knowledge of WWP staff. There are few organizations in the West willing to challenge the livestock juggernaut. WWP is the most dedicated, and most effective organization I know speaking up for our public lands ecological health and integrity. That is why I recently joined the board.
Western Watersheds Project is the single most effective organization in the country to challenge outdated land management practices and to stand up for the preservation of native biodiversity and for fiscal and scientific responsibility in the agencies that manage our public lands. In over 40 years of guiding, working and recreating on western public lands I have seen massive decline in landscape health virtually everywhere. WWP and its partner organizations are to be commended for holding land managers' feet to the fire and getting on the ground results!
13 years ago I retired in Salt Lake City and started hiking often around southern Utah. I couldn't believe the number of cows everywhere. I started to look into it and over time came to believe that public land grazing is the single most damaging activity to the environment in the Intermountain West. And that taxpayers have to subsidize the ranchers to deplete the land this way was obviously nuts. I started a publishing company to try to help create awareness through the power of pen and story because I thought most environmental organizations were not able to get much done without greater public awareness. Except for Western Watersheds. They keep getting results. I am a big fan.
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Western Watersheds Project is working to stop the abuse of our public lands by the welfare ranchers. These ranchers have millions of cattle on our public lands which were proven by a 1990-91 Government Accounting Office study to cause over-grazing and destruction of riparian areas. Government agencies are killing predators and are wiping out our wild horses and other species to benefit these ranchers , all at tax-payers expense.They are also destroying native trees and plants in order to seed the ranges with non-native grasses to benefit livestock. WWP is one of the few organizations that has managed to protect some of our public lands. I am proud to support them.