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New Mexico 87501
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WildEarth Guardians is a non-profit, environmental advocacy organization whose mission is to protect and restore the wildlife, wild rivers, and wild places of the American West. WildEarth Guardians was founded in 1989 and has a long history of conservation successes protecting carnivores, ancient forests, rivers and other threatened landscapes and wildlife. The organization currently operates four major programs: Wildlife, Wild Places, Wild Rivers, and Climate & Energy. As of July 1, 2013 WildEarth Guardians and Wildlands CPR entered into a strategic merger that brings Wildlands CPR—a twenty year old organization based in Montana—programs and staff into WildEarth Guardians Wild Places program, a move both organizations believe creates a single entity better equipped to truly protect and restore threatened wild lands and wild life in the American West. Today, WildEarth Guardians has more than 25,000 members and e-activists, 74,000 Causes supporters, and over 9,000 Facebook ‘likes,’ the majority of whom live in the 11 Western states. We now have offices in Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Montana, Oregon, and Wyoming.

WildEarth Guardians relies on a potent combination of litigation, education, scientific analysis, and public advocacy on behalf of the West’s threatened wildlife and wild places. Our new integrated 24 person staff includes lawyers, policy experts, scientists, ecosystem restoration experts, community organizers and fundraisers. Our 2013 budget is $2.6 million, which comes from diverse sources, including members and donors, foundations and government grants.
A few recent accomplishments include:

• Our historic, nationwide settlement with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service reached in September 2011, which resulted in new endangered species protections for 54 species in 2012 alone, and will result in final decisions to secure endangered species status for 253 imperiled species in total by the end of 2016.
• In February 2013, spurred by legal pressure from WildEarth Guardians, the Public Service Company of New Mexico announced it will shutter half of the coal-fired San Juan Generating Station by the end of 2017. This Guardians victory will prevent more than 5 million tons of carbon dioxide from being released every year – equal to taking more than one million passenger vehicles off the road.
• WildEarth Guardians, as Wildlands CPR, spearheaded efforts to ensure the U.S. Forest Service addressed the ubiquitous threat of off-road vehicles to public lands, which lead to closing of 50 million acres of National Forest land to cross-country off-road vehicle abuse.
• WildEarth Guardians, as Wildlands CPR, convinced Congress to invest $315 million (to date) in the Forest Service Legacy Roads and Trails Program, which funds road reclamation and in turn protects drinking water supplies and endangered fish habitat across the American West.

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I have been involved with WildEaerth Guardians for many years now, and am continuously impressed by the quality of this organization and the dedication and passion of its staff and members. Guardians has always been a leader in the conservation movement. I am especially impressed by the Guardians... more »
I have long been a fan of Wildearth Guardians, but I became even more so last year. When the gray wolf was delisted, MT, ID and WY allowed hundreds of wolves to be killed, many around Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks. As a natural history outfitter in Yellowstone, I saw the effects of this... more »
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