WE WORK WONDERS for NATURAL WONDERS

When an environmental plight calls for lean and hard-hitting legal muscle, conservation groups, Native American tribes, and concerned citizens call on us. Advocates for the West boosts the strength of our partners by providing free legal representation in federal court—advancing the mission of every client by putting the power of law and science on the side of the West.

Since our founding in 2003, Advocates for the West has provided free legal support to over 50 partners on more than 150 cases—with an 85% record of success.

Smart and efficient, our attorneys work with partners to develop strategic cases aimed at enforcing the nation’s bedrock environmental laws. We handle an extensive caseload with an impressive win record.

We work wonders to perpetuate natural wonders. It’s how the West is won.

Stibnite Mine Air Quality Permit
Status: PENDING

Stibnite Mine Air Quality Permit

Case: Nez Perce Tribe, Idaho Conservation League, and Save the South Fork Salmon v. Idaho Department of Environmental Quality

July 22, 2022 — Advocates for the West appealed an air quality permit issued by the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) to Perpetua Resources Idaho, Inc. for its proposed Stibnite Gold Project. We represent the Nez Perce Tribe and Idaho Conservation League in this appeal, which was filed together with Save the South Fork Salmon. Over the prior two years,…

Removal of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands
Status: PENDING

Removal of Pinyon-Juniper Woodlands

Case: Case 1:22-cv-01891

June 30, 2022 — Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management over a Trump-era decision authorizing extensive destruction of native pinyon-juniper habitats across the American West without requiring prior analysis and public disclosure of possible environmental impacts. The so-called “Pinyon-Juniper Categorial Exclusion Rule” allows the agency to approve eliminating…

Rangeland Pesticide Spraying
Status: PENDING

Rangeland Pesticide Spraying

Case: Case 3:22-CV-00790

May 31, 2022 — Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit challenging the federal U.S. Department of Agriculture’s highly secretive Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) over its program allowing insecticide spraying on millions of acres in 17 western states. The lawsuit focuses on the harm from the insecticide spray program in Montana, Wyoming,…

Kilgore Mine Exploration Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Kilgore Mine Exploration Followup Case

Case: Case 1:22-cv-00225-REP

May 26, 2022 — Advocates for the West filed a new complaint challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s latest approval of the Kilgore gold exploration project in the Centennial Mountains in Idaho. Following previous court rulings, the Forest Service in November 2021 issued a new Environmental Assessment and again approved the project. Notably absent from the…

Stanislaus Winter Travel
Status: PENDING

Stanislaus Winter Travel

Case: Case No. 2:21-CV-01913-JAM-DB

July 29, 2022 — Advocates for the West filed an opening summary judgment brief asking the Court to uphold minimum snow-depth requirements and restrictions, which are being challenged by snowmobile groups, on where over-snow vehicles can travel within the Stanislaus National Forest. At the same time, we are bringing our own challenges to the new…

Point Reyes National Seashore Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Point Reyes National Seashore Followup Case

Case: Resource Renewal Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, and Western Watersheds Project v. National Park Service, No. 3:22-cv-145

January 10, 2022 —Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit challenging the controversial National Park Service management plan for California’s Point Reyes National Seashore, one of a handful of national parks that permits cattle grazing. For decades, the Park Service has leased about 28,000 acres of public lands at Point Reyes National Seashore and the Golden…

Sage Hen Project Logging
Status: PENDING

Sage Hen Project Logging

Case: Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, No. 1:21-cv-00504-CWD

December 20, 2021 — Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit on behalf of Idaho Conservation League (ICL) against the U.S. Forest Service for failing to comply with environmental laws when it approved the 20-year Sage Hen Integrated Forest Restoration Project. The project includes extensive road construction, logging, thinning, and prescribed fire, plus some watershed restoration…

Sawtooth National Forest Water Diversions
Status: WON
June 17, 2019

Sawtooth National Forest Water Diversions

Case: Idaho Conservation League v. U.S. Forest Service

August 25, 2021 — Advocates for the West secured a victory in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to protect threatened Idaho salmon, steelhead, and bull trout from irrigation water diversions in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. The Ninth Circuit decision upholds our lower court win that requires the U.S. Forest Service to consult with experts and protect…

Willamette Basin ESA Violations
Status: WON
July 15, 2021

Willamette Basin ESA Violations

Case: Case 3:20-cv-00413

July 15, 2021 – Advocates for the West received a strong ruling in our favor when the court issued a draft order outlining the actions that the Army Corps must immediately take to protect threatened salmon and steelhead in the Willamette River. Judge Hernandez made clear he “has no patience for further delay or obfuscation in this…

Sonoran Desert National Monument Followup Case
Status: PENDING

Sonoran Desert National Monument Followup Case

Case: 2:13-cv-01028-PGR

On June 29, 2021, Advocates for the West filed suit against the Arizona Bureau of Land Management (Bureau) for failing to protect the native plants, wildlife, and cultural resources found within the Sonoran Desert National Monument from the devastating impacts of livestock grazing. This suit challenges the Bureau’s 2020 land management decision. The decision was…