WATCH FOR WILDLIFE. © Robert Crow, Greater sage-grouse Advocates for the West works to conserve habitat and more for wildlife in the West »


Advocates for the West fights to safeguard the quality of air in the West » Boise Foothills
GROUNDED. Advocates for the West helps protect 350 million acres of public land in the West» © Mark Lisk, Owyhees
HIGH-WATER MARK. CuMo Mine at Grimes Creek Advocates for the West aims to stop degradations to water in the West »

That’s a real win, win for 30+ conservation partners and 350 million acres of public land in the West.

“I am fighting to protect Steens Mountain from industrial energy development because it is a sacred place to me, and many other folks. I saw my first prairie falcon swooping along the ridges of Steens back in the 1970s, and I saw my first bighorn sheep there too. I believe this is a wild place that should stay wild, which is why I’m putting everything I have into winning this case.”

Laird LucasAW Executive Director

“My favorite work at Advocates for the West so far has been my bighorn sheep litigation. I have been able to put my biology background to use by integrating science and law, and I have worked with an incredible team of experts and clients, including the Nez Perce Tribe. These cases have received a lot of public support, including from non-traditional supporters.”

Laurie RuleAW Senior Attorney

“I’ll never forget the first time I walked into federal court to argue a case for Advocates for the West. It was 2003, and we were just recently founded. I was in court seeking to protect sage-grouse habitat and populations in Idaho… We won that case, and we have won many more in the intervening 10 years.”

Todd TucciAW Senior Attorney

“One of my favorite moments at Advocates for the West is when I challenged the state of Washington’s idea to introduce free grazing in the Asotin Wildlife Area. The judge called me back for a second oral argument, which is unusual, and not only ruled in our favor but gave a 15-minute speech harshly criticizing the state for running roughshod over their own scientists, who told them grazing was a terrible idea.”

Kristin RuetherAW Staff Attorney

“I started working at Advocates for the West shortly after the CuMo Mine case was filed, and it was my first case. One morning, I received a text from Todd Tucci saying, ‘Congrats on your first victory!’ I thought maybe he was joking, but when I got to the office and read the CuMo opinion, which found that the Forest Service failed to consider potential water quality impacts caused by excessive site drilling, I knew the victory was real.”

Bryan HurlbuttIdaho Water Fellow
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