News

May 31, 2022

Protecting Native Pollinators, Sage-grouse from Pesticide Spraying

Advocates for the West filed a lawsuit challenging the federal Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) over its program allowing pesticide spraying on millions of acres in 17 western states. APHIS, a highly secretive agency within the U.S. Department of Agriculture, oversees and funds the application of multiple pesticides on rangelands to prevent native…

May 24, 2022

Taking Action to Protect Endangered Species from Insecticide Sprays

Representing the Xerces Society and Center for Biological Diversity, Advocates for the West filed a notice of intent today to sue the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s secretive Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for failing to properly consider harms to endangered species caused by insecticide spraying across millions of acres of western grasslands. APHIS oversees…

March 21, 2022

VICTORY! Mining company indefinitely suspends drilling on California’s Conglomerate Mesa

Canadian mining company K2 Gold recently announced that it is suspending its controversial gold drilling project on California’s Conglomerate Mesa. For years, Advocates for the West has worked with our partners at Friends of the Inyo, Conservation Lands Foundation, and other groups to protect these biodiverse and culturally significant public lands — located on the doorstep of…

March 15, 2022

Fighting to protect water quality and wildlife along the “High Divide”

Advocates for the West recently filed a lawsuit on behalf of Idaho Conservation League (ICL) and Greater Yellowstone Coalition (GYC) challenging the U.S. Forest Service’s latest approval of a five-year gold exploration project in the Centennial Mountains near the agricultural community of Kilgore in eastern Idaho. The project, about 80 miles north of Idaho Falls on the Caribou-Targhee National…

February 7, 2022

Continuing to crack down on illegal suction dredge mining in Idaho

Last June, we won a resounding court victory in our case for Idaho Conservation League against high-profile California suction dredge miner Shannon Poe. There, the Court ruled that Poe violated the Clean Water Act when he polluted Idaho’s South Fork of the Clearwater River without a required permit.  Now, in the next stage of the…

January 25, 2022

Taking a Stand for Wintering Wildlife in California

Advocates for the West recently filed a motion to intervene in an October 2021 lawsuit in the Eastern District of California federal district court. The lawsuit brought by snowmobiling groups objects to the U.S. Forest Service’s decision to place limits on over-snow vehicle use on the national forest in northern California. Advocates for the West is representing WildEarth Guardians…

January 14, 2022

Fighting for Public Enjoyment, Wildlife at Point Reyes National Seashore

Advocates for the West recently filed a lawsuit challenging the controversial National Park Service management plan for expanding private agriculture at California’s Point Reyes National Seashore, one of a handful of national parks that permits cattle grazing.  The Park Service plan paves the way for 20-year leases for beef and dairy ranchers in the park, enshrining and expanding commercial…

December 20, 2021

Fighting for Healthy Forests, Imperiled Native Bull Trout in Idaho

Advocates for the West recently 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 activities, on 68,000-acres…

October 7, 2021

Defending Idaho’s Salmon-Clearwater Divide from Massive Logging Projects

Advocates for the West recently filed the opening brief in our case for Friends of the Clearwater against the U.S. Forest Service to protect Idaho’s Salmon-Clearwater Divide from massive clearcuts and other destructive logging in biodiverse old growth forest and sensitive watersheds. Our case challenges two neighboring logging projects, “Hungry Ridge” and “End of the World,” which when…

September 15, 2021

Nez Perce Tribe Resolves Case Alleging Water Quality Violations on Hells Canyon Reach of the Snake River

The Nez Perce Tribe recently reached a settlement agreement with the state of Oregon resolving a case that Advocates for the West filed—along with the Tribe’s Office of Legal Counsel—challenging the state of Oregon’s Clean Water Act section 401 water quality certification for the relicensing of the Hells Canyon Complex. The Hells Canyon Complex, owned and operated by…