Western Watersheds Project is an extremely effective organization working to challenge outdated land management practices in the west through legal and political action. I recently became involved with WWP through visual monitoring of the impact of livestock on public land in sensitive grizzly bear habitat in Idaho and Wyoming. As a photographer and videographer, it has been appalling to document the damage and land degradation from grazing by cattle and domestic sheep. Top predators are a key part of a healthy, functioning ecosystem. For them to thrive, cattle and domestic sheep need to be removed from our public lands. WWP is working to help make this happen.
I'm a former BLM biologist who has seen first hand the multiple ways that livestock production has damaged and degraded public lands. The abuses go on in spite of efforts of many employees who know, as I did, how livestock was compromising public values like water quality, soils, wildlife habitat, and even recreational opportunities (camping among cow pies is not an experience most people enjoy).
That is why I so admire the tenacity and exceptional knowledge of WWP staff. There are few organizations in the West willing to challenge the livestock juggernaut. WWP is the most dedicated, and most effective organization I know speaking up for our public lands ecological health and integrity. That is why I recently joined the board.