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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…

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…

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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…