Western Lands Project Joins Guardians
For 19 years the Western Lands Project (WLP) has been one of the
staunchest defenders of public lands, leading the way in defending
public lands from sales, transfers, and exchanges. On Sept. 1,
the mission and work of WLP migrated to Guardians,
where long-time WLP staff attorney Chris Krupp continues this critical
work as Guardians’ newest employee. He now runs our Keep Public Lands in
Public Hands Campaign as part of our Wild Places Program.
Coal Leases Toppled
We overturned two coal leases in August, successfully stalling
expansions of mines in Colorado and Wyoming and keeping millions of tons of
coal in the ground. The wins came in
response to appeals we filed over coal leases that were approved by the Bureau
of Land Management two weeks before a historic moratorium on leasing was put in
place. The win is another big step forward for
keeping fossil fuels in the ground and safeguarding our public lands.
Restoring the Valle Caldera National Preserve
WildEarth Guardians has partnered with Colorado
College for the last decade to improve watershed health, water quality, and
wildlife habitat in the southwest. In August, twenty volunteers from the
College teamed up with our Youth Conservation Corp crew members to plant 600
narrowleaf cottonwoods and thinleaf alders along Jaramillo creek in the Valles
Caldera National Preserve.
Lynx to Gain Vital Ground in Colorado
and our allies are celebrating a victory for imperiled Canada lynx in Colorado.
In September, the District Court of Montana overturned the U.S. Fish &
Wildlife Service’s decision not to designate critical habitat for protected
lynx in the Southern Rocky Mountains. The decision forces the agency to
reconsider the important role Colorado’s high alpine landscape plays in efforts
to restore the rare wildcats to the American West.
Slider Photo credits: John Horning at White House—WildEarth Guardians. Chaco Bioregion—WildEarth Guardians. Elk at RMNP—DW Ross, Creative Commons, Flickr. Guardians at White House—WildEarth Guardians. Thumbprint photos: clearcut—Polly Peterson, Creative Commons, Flickr. Keep it in the Ground campaign mark—WildEarth Guardians. Valles Caldera workers—WildEarth Guardians. Canada lynx—Megan Lorenz, Adobestock.
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