Posted by: Sandy Steinman | December 4, 2016

What You Can Do To Protect Public Lands

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Given the results of the recent election, environmental issues, endangered species protections, and public land preservation are all facing serious threats. It is likely conservation issues are going to become even more adversarial. The courts may be the best avenue for supporting conservation efforts. Environmental education and impact studies will help support legal cases but it is probable the federal government will be deaf to them without legal rulings.

I strongly urge you to support whatever conservation organization you like, but to give special consideration to ones that support legal challenges to actions that threaten the environment, endangered species and public lands.  Here is a list of groups actively working to protect the environment that you can support. Thanks to John Wall for assisting with this list. Feel free to add your suggestions as a comment.

EarthJustice Today’s environmental challenges are greater than ever. But we live in a country of strong environmental laws—and Earthjustice holds those who break our nation’s laws accountable for their actions. They represent every one of our clients free of charge.

Western Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to defend and protect the American West’s treasured landscapes, iconic wildlife, and rural communities. We combine our legal skills with sound conservation biology and environmental science to address major environmental issues in the West in the most strategic and effective manner. We work at the national, regional, state, and local levels; and in all three branches of government. We integrate national policies and regional perspective with the local knowledge of our 100+ partner groups to implement smart and appropriate place-based actions.

Southern Environmental Law Center believes that everyone in this region deserves to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy environment. This nonprofit organization gets consistently impressive results because we know how to work effectively in all three branches of government—and at the national, regional, state, and local levels—to create, strengthen, and enforce the laws and policies that determine the beauty and health of our environment.

Natural Resources Defense Council use data and science to unearth the root causes of the problems that confront us. We use that information to blueprint transformative solutions, and we mobilize the support of partners, members, and activists to advocate for laws and policies that will protect our environment far into the future.

 Trust for Public Land mission is to create parks and protect land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come.

Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) is a national alliance of local state and federal resource professionals. PEER’’s environmental work is solely directed by the needs of its members.  In the ever-changing tide of political leadership, these front-line employees stand as defenders of the public interest within their agencies and as the first line of defense against the exploitation and pollution of our environment. Their unmatched technical knowledge, long-term service and proven experiences make these professionals a credible voice for meaningful reform.

Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature — to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.

Sierra Club  the nation’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization — with more than two million members and supporters. Our successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act

Native Plant Society‘s mission is to conserve California native plants and their natural habitats, and increase understanding, appreciation, and horticultural use of native plants.

Audubon’s mission is to conserve and restore natural ecosystems, focusing on birds, other wildlife, and their habitats for the benefit of humanity and the earth’s biological diversity.

World Wildlife Fund works in 100 countries and is supported by more than one million members in the United States and close to five million globally. WWF’s unique way of working combines global reach with a foundation in science, involves action at every level from local to global, and ensures the delivery of innovative solutions that meet the needs of both people and nature.

WildEarth Guardians protects and restores the wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and health of the American West. We have four programs focusing on wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy.

Nature Conservancy works around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. We address the most pressing conservation threats at the largest scale.

 

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