The Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) 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. They 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.
WELC works every day to ensure those who would harm our public lands, drinking water, wildlife and communities are held accountable to U.S. law. Without watchdogs like them, the laws meant to protect our values would be powerless. They are playing a key role in the future of the American West by identifying and advocating for forward-thinking environmental policies and through targeted, vigilant legal advocacy. WELC has provided pro bono legal services to hundreds of conservation groups and individuals.