WildEarth Guardians

Rating: 4.92 stars   13 reviews

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Location: 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.
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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.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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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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Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Definitely

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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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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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Life-changing

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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Definitely

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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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