This year at Western Resource Advocates we are thrilled to celebrate our 30th anniversary. Since our start as a small group of attorneys working on conservation issues, Western Resource Advocates has grown to a staff of nearly 60 professionals working across seven states, all dedicated to solving the West’s most challenging environmental issues.
WRA is growing fast – both in strength and in successes. We have ambitious goals to decarbonize the West, conserve water in rivers and lakes while securing the water needed for growing cities and agriculture, and protect and connect half of Western lands for recreation and wildlife habitat. It is truly an exciting time to be a part of WRA.
What makes Western Resource Advocates unique is our combination of strategic and professional expertise and our focus on collaboration among broad interests to resolve complex resource issues and reach solutions – lasting, practical solutions- that protect this place we love.
WRA is willing to work with a diverse – and sometimes unlikely – range of partners to help accomplish our goals. We know that big plans require out-of-the-box thinking, risk-taking, and collaboration … but this is essential to our success. In fact, our approach is helping build a stronger and a more dynamic conservation movement and has helped us achieve significant milestones. In just the last year, WRA has:
- Played a leadership role in successful legislative and advocacy efforts that will ensure coal energy in New Mexico and Colorado is replaced with nation-leading investments in wind and solar energy. In New Mexico, WRA also helped craft the new law that requires the state’s electricity grid to be 100 percent carbon-free by 2045.
- Negotiated a complex agreement to retire proposed dams on Maroon and Castle creeks in the Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness in favor or innovative water management alternatives.
- Successfully advocated for stronger air quality standards along Utah’s Wasatch Front, including the first-ever addition of monitors to measure the quality of air near disadvantaged communities.
- Helped craft the legal case against the Trump administration’s unprecedented decision to reverse protection for lands within Grand Staircase-Escalante and Bears Ears national monuments.
As we celebrate our 30th year of protecting the West in 2019, we will be revisiting some of WRA’s greatest moments. We look back on these moments to remind us that, with our innovative thinking, strategic partnerships and expert planning, we are poised for 30 more years of protecting the West’s land, air, and water.