Your commitment to Western Watersheds Project in 2014 has enabled us to protect wildlife and wildlife habitat.
During 2014, we participated in the public comment and appeals processes for millions of acres of cattle and sheep grazing allotments throughout the West. Few other organizations have the tenacity to keep the pressure on the livestock industry the way that WWP does, and no other organization influences decision-making on as many acres of public land as WWP. Our dedicated and skillful staff is the driving force behind WWP’s many successes.
Here are a few examples of WWP in action this year:
- The District Court of Idaho upheld measures to protect bighorn sheep from the risk of disease transmission by domestic sheep on the Payette National Forest.
- WWP won a major case against the Bureau of Land Management thatestablishes the national framework under which grazing impacts to sage-grouse must be addressed. The win affirms the need for the federal land managers to take a close look at resource conditions before rubberstamping grazing permit renewals.
- The intervention of WWP and our allies halted wolf killing in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness in Idaho.
- Our legal team challenged Idaho’s “ag-gag” law, a ruling that criminalizes documenting agricultural production.
- Staff and Board spent time in the field inspiring and educating students from Whitman College.
- WWP and Buffalo Field Campaign submitted a petition to list the Yellowstone bison as an endangered distinct population segment under the Endangered Species Act.
- WWP convinced the Forest Service not to develop additional livestock infrastructure in the Modoc National Forest because of the area’s significance for Clear Lake sage-grouse.
- Continue our effort to halt wildlife killing by Wildlife Services in Idaho and beyond.
- Work to protect Copper Basin wildlife, fish, and landscapes from the scourge of grazing.
- Seek protection for grizzly bears in Wyoming from killing or removal by government agencies on behalf of the livestock industry.
- Secure further protections for arctic grayling in Montana.
- Stand strong for the protection of sage-grouse and sage-steppe habitat throughout the West.
- Demand that the Forest Service and BLM protect our streams and rivers from E. coli and other pollution that originates with livestock on our public lands.
- Continue working with the Sagebrush Habitat Conservation Fund to lobby for and purchase voluntarily retired grazing permits.
Travis Bruner and Everyone at WWP