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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.

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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.

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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.

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Lynx to Gain Vital Ground in Colorado

Guardians 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: grizzly mom and cub—Roger Hayden. Guardians at White House—WildEarth Guardians. Bears Ears, Northwest Colorado—Jeffrey Beall, Creative Commons, Flickr. Canada lynx—Keith Williams. 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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