WE WORK WONDERS for NATURAL WONDERS

When an environmental plight calls for lean and hard-hitting legal muscle, conservation groups call on us. Advocates for the West boosts the strength of environmental nonprofits and concerned citizens – advancing the mission of every partner 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 35 partners on more than 170 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 (link to wins list) record.

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

Sage Hen Project Logging
Status: PENDING

Sage Hen Project Logging

Case: Notice of Intent to Sue

August 30, 2021 — Advocates for the West initiated a new action against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over the “Sage Hen Integrated Restoration Project” in the West Mountains in West-Central Idaho. When it approved the Sage Hen Project in April 2021, the Forest Service authorized constructing over 80 miles of roads and commercially harvesting timber on 18,000 acres over…

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…

Oil & Gas Leases in Sage-Grouse Habitat
Status: WON
February 27, 2020

Oil & Gas Leases in Sage-Grouse Habitat

Case: Western Watersheds Project and Center for Biological Diversity V. Ryan K. Zinke, David Bernhardt; and BLM

June 9, 2021 – Advocates for the West won a ruling from Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush that suspended new drilling and fracking on 605 federal oil and gas leases spanning 403,820 acres of greater sage-grouse habitat in Wyoming and Montana. The Court ruled that the BLM violated federal law by failing to justify its refusal…

Suction Dredge Clean Water Act Enforcement
Status: WON
June 4, 2021

Suction Dredge Clean Water Act Enforcement

Case: Idaho Conservation League v. Shannon Poe, No. 1:18-cv-353-REB (D. Idaho)

June 4, 2021: Chief Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush ruled in our favor on all counts, determining that suction dredge miner Shannon Poe polluted the South Fork of the Clearwater River and needed a permit as required under the Clean Water Act. We filed suit against Poe, who dredged for 42 days on the Idaho river,…

Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas
Status: PENDING

Red Cliffs and Beaver Dam Wash National Conservation Areas

Case: Case 1:21-cv-01506

June 3, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed suit against the Department of Interior and Bureau of Land management for a plan approved under the Trump Administration to move ahead with plans to punch a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area. The planned highway would pave over a protected, sensitive, scenic…

Bonneville Power Administration: Ratemaking
Status: PENDING

Bonneville Power Administration: Ratemaking

Case: BP-22

May 11, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed our initial brief opposing the BP-22 Settlement Proposal put forth by BPA. Our case argues that the settlement and the process leading up to it violates the Northwest Power Act’s requirement of “equitable treatment” for fish and wildlife. A larger-than-expected revenue forecast has left BPA in the position…

Caldwell Canyon Phosphate Mine
Status: PENDING

Caldwell Canyon Phosphate Mine

Case: Case 1:21-cv-00182-REB

April 27, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit challenging a decision made by the Trump Administration to greenlight the Caldwell Canyon phosphate mine in southeast Idaho. In 2019, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) approved the mine on some 1,559 acres of ecologically important land that’s essential to sensitive native species such as…

Logging in the Salmon-Clearwater Divide
Status: PENDING

Logging in the Salmon-Clearwater Divide

Case: Case 3:21-cv-00189-CWD

October 1, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed our opening brief in this case. April 28, 2021 – Advocates for the West filed suit on behalf of Friends of the Clearwater to stop two massive logging projects in the Salmon-Clearwater Divide. The Forest Service approved the two projects, “End of the World” and “Hungry Ridge,” based on…