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WildEarth Guardians

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews 1,083

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516 Alto Street Santa Fe NM 87501 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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.

Programs:

Wild places: the american west is a place set apart with abundant public lands and remnant ancient forests, pristine grasslands, and wild headwaters and streams, which remind us of the spectacular richness that once epitomized this region. Wildearth guardians' wild places program protects public lands with a primary emphasis on national forests and bureau of land management lands. There are more than 300 million acres of public lands in the 17 western states, and our goal is to prevent their capture and destruction by private, extractive interests. Sadly, many of the diverse ecosystems in the west are in trouble. For example, the southwestern ponderosa pine ecosystem, the interior west's sagebrush sea, and fragile streams and wetland habitats are all considered endangered ecosystems. While advocating to end activities that threaten to destroy our public wildlands in the american west, we also work to ensure that they remain biologically intact and ecologically functional by actively restoring previously damaged lands, waters, and ecosystems. Our accomplishments mean not only greater protection for wild landscapes but also the wildlife, water and air that make them the treasures we cherish. 2014 specific accomplishments: --we succeeded in our bid to get the highest degree of protection for 200 miles of colorado streams and rivers that provide pristine habitat for the colorado river cutthroat trout. --our coalition work paid off when congress increased the budget for road reclamation and fish habitat improvement by 5 million (or 14%) boosting restoration of our national forests. --we completed the first voluntary grazing waiver on the gila national forest, giving wolves over 28,000 cow-free acres to roam. --we planted more than 100,000 trees and other plants on public lands to improve watershed health and wildlife habitat. --along with our partners, we reached an agreement with the forest service that will save imperiled wildlife and plants, keep clean air clean, and safeguard 1. 7 million acres of our public lands in utah from damaging oil and gas drilling.

river restoration: wildearth guardians balances our reform of public lands policy and protection of wild places with on-the-ground forest and watershed restoration. Active restoration provides opportunities for members and volunteers to give back to future generations and creates jobs in rural, land-based communities. Wildearth guardians is restoring fragmented forests and waterways polluted by domestic livestock and a legacy of logging roads. We've replanted native riparian vegetation on hundreds of miles of rivers and streams and removed barbed-wire fence that impedes wildlife movement. In collaboration with land management agencies and local contractors, we are rewilding large landscapes and wildlife corridors as well as restoring hydrological function. This work is part of a larger climate change mitigation and adaptation strategy. 2014 specific accomplishments: --planted approximately than 100,000 native trees and native forage species including: 102,000 bebbs, strapleaf, and coyote willow, 900 aspen, 400 cottonwood, 700 bog birch, 700 thinleaf alder, 200 chokecherry. --plantings covered 3. 49 miles of stream. --protected more than 3 miles of stream and 55 acres of riparian habitat from livestock use. --restored 30 acres of prairie grassland. --constructed 50 prairie dog burrows. --created 8 acres of wetland habitat.

wildlife: the american west hosts a dazzling array of native wildlife and plants, from the mighty black bear and grey wolf, to minute caddisflies, springsnails, and irises. The diversity of life in the region is a product of varied topography and a multitude of ecological niches that these native species call home. Wildearth guardians works to protect the vast spectrum of native species because they have an inherent right to exist, and because we, like most people, value wildlife, wildlands, and naturally functioning systems. With ecological function and biodiversity come amenities such as clean water, clean air, and natural landscapes to watch wildlife. From common species such as the coyote to rare creatures such as the black- footed ferret and lesser prairie chicken, the fauna and flora of the west form the very threads in the vibrant tapestry of life. We work to preserve that tapestry, rather than let it unravel. 2014 specific accomplishments: --for the second year in a row, we prevented a wildlife killing contest targeting wolves and coyotes from occurring on over 3 million acres of public land in idaho. --we secured endangered species act protections for key sagebrush sea species, including the gunnison sage grouse and lesser prairie- chicken. --after a decade of advocacy, we obtained endangered species act protections for canada lynx wherever the species roams in the lower 48 states, including the wilds of new mexico and colorado. --we filed suit to overturn flawed decisions denying needed protections to imperiled species including the wolverine and gunnison's prairie dog. --we helped generate over 1. 5 million public comments telling the u. S. Fish and wildlife service to keep gray wolves protected under the endangered species act.

climate and energy program: our vision is simple - a future 100 percent powered by renewable energy by 2035. To get there, the goal of our climate and energy program is reform that prioritizes energy efficiency and conservation, phases out fossil fuels, and embraces environmentally appropriate clean power sources. The tragedy of the gulf oil spill was a disturbing reminder of just how much we stand to lose by relying on fossil fuels. That's why wildearth guardians' goal has been and continues to be simple: to help clean energy take root by exposing the true cost of fossil fuels. 2014 specific accomplishments: --we defended the climate from coal mining in the american west, both spoiling plans for expanded mining on our public lands in western colorado and preventing the federal government from selling more than one billion tons of coal in the powder river basin of montana and wyoming. --we made it more difficult for the coal industry to pollute our air, successfully petitioning the federal government to limit toxic orange clouds produced from blasting at coal mines. --we forced utility companies in colorado, utah, and wyoming to either risk spending millions to upgrade their existing coal-fired power plants or instead invest in more affordable solar and wind alternatives or greater efficiency and conservation measures. --we thwarted fracking on 20,000 acres of public lands in the greater chaco region of new mexico and are gearing up to defend hundreds of thousands of additional acres in the west from the oil and gas industry's greed. Total expenses: 163,945 other programs: legal: 2014 expenses = 349,030 publications and outreach: 2014 expenses = 114,735 wild rivers: 2014 expenses = 95,863 events: 2014 expenses = 33,243 lobbying: 2014 expenses = 5,961

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Rating: 5 stars   Featured Review

I have long admired the work of WildEarth Guardians from afar, for their sustained efforts to protect wildlife and wild places throughout the West. More recently, I've had the privilege to get more involved with Guardians, and I have been deeply impressed by the quality and dedication of their staff. Guardians is an organization packed with talented and visionary individuals who have the skills, intelligence and capacity to get things done on the ground. WildEarth Guardians' four key programs -- wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy -- address crucial issues while keeping in view the linkages among them. In a world where we are constantly confronted by images of environmental decline, WildEarth Guardians' vision for the future is hopeful and inspiring.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

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2013

 
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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' role in protecting carnivores and advocating for critical bioregions such as the Gila. I encourage everyone I know to become involved with the Guardians!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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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 slaughter personally. While I had been guiding guests and teaching about the conservation success story of wolf recovery since 1995 when the wolves were reintroduced, in 2013 I could hardly find wolves to see in Yellowstone after the first wolf hunt. Wildearth Guardians spoke out against the delisting under such unmanaged conditions. It is truly a group who helps the conservation conscience of our country.

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Such a remarkable organization! Everyone is so dedicated to their cause!

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Definitely

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have appreciated and admired the work and perseverance of WildEarth Guardians for quite some time. They are a persistant and dedicated bunch! We are lucky to have a group of caring and devoted individuals like them at the frontlines for the animals and environment. WildEarth Guardians is the best of the best!!

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2013

 
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I belong to several wildlife organizations and i notice that the WildEarth Guardians seems to always be on the forefront and gets the job done! They are great!

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A lot

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2013

 
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I have been involved with WildEarth Guardians as a graphic designer for 25 years. Needless to say, I have witnessed many evolutions of the organization as it persistently addresses the ever-increasing challenges of wildlife and wildlands issues both in the field and in the courtroom. I continue to be impressed by the staff's stamina, competence and effectiveness as they strive to protect and restore the environment in the West. Guardians is tenacious and has many successes to be proud of. I am honored to be associated with this group of amazing people.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

I've followed the progress of WEG and their work in the Southwest for several years. I've been consistently impressed by the intelligence, commitment, and effectiveness of their work in educating the public, using the media, and bringing about practical change on the state and local levels where they count the most.

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2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I belong to a number of wildlife not for profits. What I've noticed over the last decade is that WEG gets things done. WEG is often the facilitator for other orgs to make improvements that can be felt and seen locally. When WEG makes an impact which often allow smaller state and regional orgs are able to achieve their goals and help increase our enjoyment of nature.

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When I moved to Colorado several years ago I wanted to become actively involved in a wildlife/wildlands conservation organization. So, I looked closely at all the organizations that work in the Rocky Mountain region and WildEarth Guardians stood out from the bunch as the most effective group. Guardians is bold, visionary, and most importantly, they are not afraid to stand up for their values. The staff is a hard-working bunch that is always pushing the envelope of what can be achieved. To me, donating to a non-profit organization is like investing in the stock market--I want to get the highest rate of return that I can find while taking on little risk. I think WildEarth Guardians is this kind of investment. If you are going to invest/donate to a wildlife group, Guardians provides the highest rate of return because they achieve the most success per dollar spent.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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