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June 18, 2020

New Suit Filed Over Rising Wolf Body Count in Washington

Twenty-six wolves killed—including the Profanity Peak Pack—due to agency’s continued preferential treatment for livestock grazing over coexistence with wildlife. Advocates for the West filed suit yesterday over the U.S. Forest Service’s inaction to protect gray wolves in Washington’s Colville National Forest, where livestock ranching activities have incited conflict. The agency’s negligence has resulted in the deaths…

June 1, 2020

New Action to Protect Colorado Bighorn Sheep

Advocates for the West recently filed our opening brief in a case to protect four herds of bighorn sheep that occupy habitat in close proximity to the Wishbone allotment in Colorado’s Rio Grande National Forest. The Forest Service knew that grazing domestic sheep within the allotment threatened to infect these bighorn herds with deadly pathogens, yet still authorized grazing in the area. Domestic sheep carry a pathogen that causes pneumonia…

May 26, 2020

2020 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.

May 21, 2020

Exciting news for salmon!

EPA Finally Releases Plan to Protect Wild Salmon in Columbia and Snake Rivers In response to our recent Ninth Circuit Court win, this week the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally released its much-anticipated plan (called a Total Maximum Daily Load or TMDL) to control heat pollution in the Columbia and Snake rivers. EPA’s plan is further evidence that removing the…

May 7, 2020

Victory! Halting Gold Exploration in Idaho’s Centennial Mountains

On Monday, the U.S. District Court in Idaho revoked the Forest Service’s approval of the Kilgore Project and stopped Canadian mining company Otis Gold Corp. (now Excellon Resources Inc.) from moving forward with gold exploration near the Centennial Mountains by the town of Kilgore, Idaho. The area contains a critical wildlife corridor on the Idaho-Montana…

April 15, 2020

Protecting Winter Wildlife from Snowmobiles in Central Idaho

In a position that is unusual for us, Advocates for the West is helping defend a winter travel plan issued by the U.S. Forest Service that regulates snowmobile use in Central Idaho.  The Fairfield Ranger District on the Sawtooth National Forest completed a winter travel plan that allowed for significantly increased public snowmobile use in the north…

April 9, 2020

Protecting San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area from Livestock Grazing

Advocates for the West sued Bureau of Land Management (BLM) this week for failing to protect the San Pedro Riparian National Conservation Area (SPRNCA) from destructive livestock grazing practices. The SPRNCA starts at the U.S.-Mexico border and continues north approximately 47 miles along the San Pedro River. In 1988, Congress created the SPRNCA – the nation’s first riparian National Conservation Area –…

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…