WESTERN ENVIRONMENTAL LAW CENTER
March 8, 2011
I'll admit it, I'm biased. The Western Environmental Law Center works to protect things I care a lot about: old growth forests, wildlife habitat, clean air, drinking water for local communities...the list goes on. They provide policy guidance, scientific advice, and legal representation to conservation groups, state and local governments, individuals and small businesses across the West who want to protect their communities and quality of life. And WELC doesn't charge for their services. Instead, they rely on donations and grants from individuals and foundations. Over the past 35 years - first as the University of Oregon's Environmental Law Clinic and now (since 1993) as an independent non-profit organization - the Western Environmental Law Center has worked with hundreds of partner groups, individuals and businesses. In that time, it has become an incredibly effective advocate for protecting and defending the things that make the American West so special: its breathaking landscapes; its wild, free-flowing rivers, its crystal-clear air; its majestic old growth forests; its spectacular wildlife; and - most importantly - the quality of life for the people who live and visit there.
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As a student in the University of Oregon's Environmental Law Clinic during the late 1970s, and as a Board member since 2003, I've had first-hand exposure to all that this talented, dedicated team of lawyers, scientists and policy experts has accomplished.
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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...
Add communications capacity so that more people would learn about the amazing work done by WELC's lawyers, biologist, and staff - as well as the importance of what they're doing to protect water supplies, wildlife, and America's Natural Heritage.
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Board Member & I have been on the Western Environmental Law Center Board of Directors since 2003. .