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June 11, 2021

Victory! Court Halts Further Oil and Gas Drilling in Critical Sage-Grouse Habitat

Advocates for the West is celebrating another sweeping win to protect the imperiled sage-grouse from oil and gas drilling approved by the Trump Administration. Our Staff Attorney Sarah Stellberg masterfully handled this case on behalf of clients Center for Biological Diversity and Western Watersheds Project, along with Executive Director Laird Lucas. On Wednesday, U.S. Magistrate Judge Ronald E. Bush suspended new drilling and…

June 9, 2021

VICTORY! Court Rules Suction Dredge Miner Violated Clean Water Act in Idaho

Advocates for the West is celebrating a sound victory against suction dredge miner Shannon Poe of California for violating the Clean Water Act (CWA) by operating a suction dredge on Idaho’s South Fork of the Clearwater River for 42 days last summer without a CWA permit. We filed suit against Poe on behalf of Idaho Conservation League (ICL). Chief…

June 8, 2021

Taking Action to Halt Highway Construction in Red Cliffs National Conservation Area

Advocates for the West recently filed suit against the U.S. Department of the Interior and Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to halt a plan approved under the Trump Administration that would punch a four-lane highway through the Red Cliffs National Conservation Area in southern Utah. The planned highway would pave over a protected, sensitive, scenic desert paradise in southwest Utah,…

June 2, 2021

Join us! Announcing the Idaho tour dates for the Confluence Project.

A series of outdoor events. ROOTS ZERO WASTE MARKET | GARDEN CITY | June 4th | 5 to 7pm  GALLERY FIFTY-FIVE | MCCALL | June 12th | 4 to 6pm COLTER’S CREEK WINERY TASTING ROOM | MOSCOW | June 15 – July 8th(CLOSING SHOW JULY  8TH, DETAILS TBA) Confluence is a collaboration between the contemporary landscape painter, Rachel Teannalach, and Advocates for…

May 4, 2021

DOUBLE DOWN ON YOUR LOVE FOR IDAHO’S TREASURES DURING IDAHO GIVES

Yesterday, Staff Attorney Bryan Hurlbutt argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to defend our 2019 victory ordering that the Forest Service take action to protect salmon, steelhead, and bull trout from harmful irrigation diversions in Idaho’s Sawtooth Valley. The water users appealed the district court decision, but we were ready to defend our win for the Idaho Conservation League and…

April 27, 2021

We’re Hiring! Seeking a Full-time Operations Manager.

Advocates for the West is hiring an Operations Manager. Location: Boise, Idaho Start Date: June 14, 2021 Summary of Position The Operations Management (OM) is responsible for the smooth business operations of the Boise and Portland offices. The OM has primary responsibility for day-to-day financial operations, office management and coordination of support services to our attorneys, development…

April 19, 2021

Victory for bighorn sheep and other wildlife in the Centennial Mountains!

Judge Rules Against Federal Sheep Station Grazing in Idaho’s Centennial Mountains.  Last week, Advocates for the West secured a strong victory for bighorn sheep, grizzly bears, and other vulnerable wildlife in the Centennial Mountains. Judge Bush ruled in our favor in federal court to halt the reauthorization and expansion of domestic sheep grazing  in and…

March 26, 2021

New Action to Protect Bighorn Sheep in Washington

Today, Advocates for the West completed briefing for a Preliminary Injunction to halt domestic sheep grazing in the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest in our latest effort to protect bighorn sheep in Washington. Pending the outcome of our lawsuit filed late last year representing WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project, the injunction cites the potential catastrophic outcomes to wild bighorn in Washington if grazing…

February 16, 2021

A Sweeping Victory for Sage-Grouse!

Advocates for the West won a resounding victory for sage-grouse when U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill overturned a Trump Administration decision to strip protections from 10 million acres, mostly in Nevada and Idaho, to allow mining in critical habitat for greater sage-grouse. This ruling is the latest in Advocates for the West’s series of victories against Trump’s efforts to…

January 25, 2021

Protecting our public lands from mine exploration.

Public Comment Period Open:Help Protect Idaho’s Centennial Mountains from Gold Mine Exploration! Last spring, Advocates for the West and the Western Mining Action Project successfully halted Canadian mining company Excellon Resources’ 3-5 year plan to explore for gold on National Forest land in the Centennial Mountains near Kilgore, Idaho. A federal court ruled in favor of our clients, Idaho Conservation…