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.
This is a bogus organization dedicated to eliminating American ranchers and farmers in favor of fake endangered species, like wolves, and turning America back into "wild". Part of their propaganda is to post & distribute doctored/photoshopped photos taken of "overgrazed public lands", which are totally faked. Not sure WHERE THEY will move to, or where they will find food to eat for themselves & their dogs & cats. They do not deserve to have NPO status & continue to take advantage of American taxpayers they are trying to destroy.
The Western Watersheds Project is an organization determined to put people out of work any way they can. They want to wipe out all ranching on federal lands. This has nothing to do with conservation and everything to do with bullying innocent people out of their jobs, homes and heritage. In Arizona alone, federal lands ranching delivers a positive $3.2 billion economic impact. 98% of farms and ranches in the USA are family owned and operated. The things the WWP says about the ranchers are not valid and often inaccurate. The photographs they use in their propaganda are misrepresentative. For example they are currently posting photos on their website taken at the end of a severe drought and saying the vegetation is gone because of cattle. However, the most recent summer had good rains and all those bare places they photographed, which still have cattle on them, are carpeted in perennial grasses and green vegetation. The WWP would never publish photos of the same places after a good rain! There are dozens of peer-reviewed, journal published studies showing the environmental benefits of ranching but the Western Watersheds Project relies only on "science" that is biased by pretending ranching is managed today the same as it was in 1890-1925. All grazing on federal lands today is scientifically managed and all the "science" WWP relies on looks only at the effects of unmanaged grazing (vintage 1890 management) versus grazing exclusion. The WWP abuses the ESA to harm people, not to care for endangered species. For example they submitted a petition to the US Fish and Wildlife Service claiming that cattle grazing was a major threat to the Sonoran Desert Tortoise. Their "scientist" came up with that claim by manufacturing "threat scores" that had no basis whatever in actual measurements of anything whatsoever. They just imagined these numbers and then pumped them through computer models to impress people with no scientific background. They pump this garbage out on boilerplate petitions and force the government to deal with it or get sued. A local government organization that is responsible for watershed conservation called the Fish and Wildlife Service into coordination. They presented a study that had been conducted by collecting data over a 20- year time frame. That study showed there is absolutely no impact of managed cattle grazing on the Sonoran Desert Tortoise, so the US Fish and Wildlife Service accepted that and did not list cattle grazing in the U.S. as a threat to the species. The problem with groups like WWP is that hard working, honest families that depend on cattle grazing for their livelihoods must continually, and at great expense, prove their innocence from bombardment of scurrilous endangered species petitions, just to continue to put food on their table -and yours -while bully groups like WWP burden the rest of society to pay their taxes for them. I've clicked "life changing" below because WWP ruins innocent people's lives.
Review from Guidestar
The Western Watersheds Project has single handedly revolutionized the way America's public lands are being managed by the governmental agencies responsible for protecting them. Agencies like the Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service have traditionally allowed ranchers to abuse public lands with little if any real oversight. Decisions were routinely rubber stamped while the environment continued on a downward spiral. This all changed when the WWP challenged the status quo and forced the agencies to actually take steps to monitor and start protecting and restoring abused lands and watersheds.
Review from Guidestar