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March 31, 2020

Confluence: art + salmon conservation.

CONFLUENCE – where art and conservation meet. Advocates for the West is honored to collaborate with contemporary landscape painter Rachel Teannalach on an exciting new series titled Confluence. In this project, we are working in tandem to advocate for the Pacific Salmon and the elaborate river and ocean ecosystems this imperiled species calls home. Teannalach has created a series of paintings…

March 18, 2020

Separate, but still together

Dear Advocates for the West friends and colleagues, During these unprecedented times, our thoughts and prayers are with you and our global community. Advocates for the West is well prepared to weather the storm. But we are only as strong as our staff, supporters, and clients. Thus, we will continue doing everything we can to support and protect each other and our communities. As our…

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March 13, 2020

VICTORY! Court Settlement Restricts Idaho Wolf Killing, Bans Use of M-44 Cyanide Bombs

In a key victory for Idaho wildlife, Advocates for the West and our clients filed a settlement agreement in Idaho federal court yesterday that sets strict limits preventing federal agency USDA Wildlife Services from killing wolves in Idaho wilderness areas and other special places, bans the use of snares targeting wolves, and halts the use of M-44…

February 28, 2020

VICTORY! Judge Voids Nearly 1 Million Acres of Lease Sales in Sage-Grouse Habitat; Restores Public Involvement in Leasing

Advocates for the West won a significant victory yesterday when a federal judge overturned a Trump administration policy which curtailed public participation in oil and gas leasing decisions. The court also granted Advocates for the West‘s request to void lease sales covering nearly 1 million acres of public lands — roughly a quarter of all acres leased by the…

February 6, 2020

Halting Trump Administration Fracking Leases in Arizona

Advocates for the West reached an agreement with the Trump administration today suspending 4,200 acres of oil and gas leases on public land in Arizona’s Little Colorado River Valley as part of a joint motion filed in federal court. The federal government’s suspension of the leases prohibits any oil and gas activity on the leases until federal agencies complete…

December 20, 2019

Victory in the 9th Circuit!

NINTH CIRCUIT COURT: EPA BROKE THE LAW, MUST PLAN TO REDUCE COLUMBIA AND SNAKE RIVER TEMPERATURES Friday, December 20 — Today, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in our favor and ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to protect Columbia basin salmon and steelhead from dangerously warm river temperatures. Warm water, caused by large, shallow reservoirs…

December 18, 2019

Victory in Clean Water Act Suit Against Midas Gold on Behalf of Nez Perce Tribe

On Monday, December 16, Advocates for the West and the Nez Perce Tribe (Tribe) won a decisive victory against Canadian mining company Midas Gold Corp. We argued in Idaho federal court against Midas Gold’s motion to dismiss or stay our Clean Water Act lawsuit, which we brought with co-counsel from the Nez Perce Tribe Office of Legal Counsel. US District Court…

December 16, 2019

2019 Fall/Winter Case Notes

2019 has been Advocates for the West’s busiest year on record! Find out what we’ve been working on all year in our Fall/Winter edition of Case Notes. READ HERE

June 3, 2019

2019 Spring/Summer Case Notes

Get the latest on what Advocates for the West is doing to protect and defend the West’s public lands, water and wildlife. READ HERE