Western Environmental Law Center


Mission Statement

The Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to safeguard the public lands, wildlife, and communities of the American West in the face of a changing climate. We envision a thriving, resilient West, abundant with protected public lands and wildlife, powered by clean energy, and defended by communities rooted in an ethic of conservation.


We work to ensure a West with vibrant, sustainable and healthy communities; clean and abundant water; a functioning, connected network of permanently protected ecosystems; and the resilience to adapt to global warming. Our work fits into two broad areas of focus toward these goals: (1)Permanent protection and healthy functioning of ecosystems, including wildlife corridors; (2)Environmentally healthy, livable communities with preservation of surrounding environmental resources. In addition, we focus our local and regional strategies to respond to the impacts of climate change to: (1) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from our communities and assist in developing solutions that will enable them to adapt to the impacts of climate change; (2) Reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the resource extraction industries on our public lands; and (3) Protect the resiliency of our wild lands and preserve their critical functions of providing habitat for all species, reserves for carbon sequestration, and their role in the sustainable management of our clean water resources.

Program Details

Primary Issue
Secondary Issue
Climate Change
120 Shelton McMurphey Blvd., STE 340
Eugene, OR 97401
United States
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