Advocates for the West, INC

Win for the West.

aka Advocates for the West   |   Boise, ID   |  www.advocateswest.org

Mission

Advocates for the West is a public interest, nonprofit environmental law firm that works to protect and defend the West’s natural treasures and wildlife. Providing free legal services to more than 50 conservation organizations and concerned citizens in 11 western states, we consistently win or favorably settle 85% of our cases. Advocates for the West’s mission is to win for our public lands, water and wildlife — preserving the American West now, and into the future.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Laird Lucas

Main address

PO Box 1612

Boise, ID 83701 USA

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EIN

06-1654062

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Advocates for the West is a public interest, nonprofit environmental law firm that protects and defends the West’s natural treasures and wildlife. With offices in Boise, ID and Portland, OR, we provide free legal services to conservation organizations and concerned citizens across the West. Founded in 2003 by Yale Law School graduate Laird J. Lucas, our team of eight attorneys and three administrative staff is small but effective. Advocates for the West represents over 50 client-partners, and we consistently win or favorably settle 85% of our cases. Advocates for the West is a proven performer in the federal court of law for conservation values treasured by Americans across the nation yet so deeply threatened by a powerful few. Our mission is to win for our public lands, water and wildlife — preserving the American West now, and into the future. It’s how the West is won.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

Advocates for the West provides nimble, strategic and professional legal support for threatened and often under-represented ecosystems and species — always looking for a breaking opportunity, yet steadfastly focused on long-term priorities.

Demand for our legal expertise is on the rise. In the face of policy rollbacks and government abdication of well-established science, we provide dedicated and strategic legal counsel to a large and growing list of client-partners.

From sage-grouse to salmon, our legal team gives voice to the fish and wildlife that make our public lands and waterways far richer than the extraordinary scenery they hold. And we protect the precious places these native species call home.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

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Population(s) Served

Activists, Adults

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Increasing

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Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

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Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of legal cases won.

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Related Program

Protecting the American West's natural treasures and wildlife.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Advocates for the West provides nimble, strategic and professional legal support for threatened and often under-represented ecosystems and species — always looking for a breaking opportunity, yet steadfastly focused on long-term priorities.

Demand for our legal expertise is on the rise. As we work to undo policy rollbacks and government abdication of well-established science, we provide dedicated and strategic legal counsel to a large and growing list of client-partners.

From sage-grouse to salmon, our legal team gives voice to the fish and wildlife that make our public lands and waterways far richer than the extraordinary scenery they hold. And we protect the precious places these native species call home.

Advocates for the West uses science and the law to protect our public lands, waterways and wildlife in the West.

Advocates for the West provides winning legal services to our clients at no charge. This allows our partners in conservation to focus on what they do best rather than diverting their energies to addressing legal costs. Our fundraising allows us to focus on what we do best: provide clients with free, top-notch legal representation for the environment.

For 17 years, Advocates for the West has been winning or favorably settling an average of 85% of our cases. Some of our most significant landmark cases include:

Public Lands: In 2019, we won a strong ruling that protects 51 million acres of public lands in 7 western states, blocking the Trump administration's plans to allow expanded drilling, mining, livestock grazing and other destructive activities in sensitive habitat areas. Known as the Sagebrush Sea, this landscape is home to more than 350 sensitive wildlife and plant species. Of these, approximately 60 species are listed or are candidates for listing under the Endangered Species Act. Our legal efforts include fighting to protect sage-grouse, pygmy rabbits, pronghorn antelope, Lahontan cutthroat trout, and myriad more that call the Sagebrush Sea home.

Wild and Scenic Rivers: In a fight that spanned many years, we protected the Wild and Scenic Lochsa River corridor, one of the nation’s premier scenic routes through the largest wilderness ecosystem in the lower 48 states, from becoming a thoroughfare for Big Oil “mega-loads” — massive shipments of oil refinery equipment bound for the Canadian tar sands. This wild heart of Idaho is beloved for its natural beauty, abundant fish and wildlife, world class recreation, Lewis and Clark expedition history, and Native American culture.

Fish and Wildlife: Over the years, Advocates for the West has successfully won protections for many threatened and endangered species. We are the leading defender of Bighorn Sheep, which are at risk for contracting a fatal illness from domestic sheep. Our victories have set strong legal precedent, which we are using to push for more Bighorn Sheep protections across the West. Our team also fights to protect critical salmon habitat; from the West’s largest rivers to some of the highest elevation salmon spawning habitat on the planet. We defend the streams at the most remote reaches where salmon return to spawn, and the mighty rivers that salmon use to make their journeys to and from the sea.

Mining Pollution: In 2012 we won the largest Clean Water Act (CWA) penalty ever awarded against a mining company in our citizen suit against Atlanta Gold in Idaho for its more than 2,000 violations of the CWA and failing to clean up historic mining pollution in the Middle Fork Boise River. This dirty mining project threatened native fish and wildlife, as well as drinking water supplies for Idaho’s largest metropolitan area. Thanks to our legal actions, this Canadian mining company is now effectively out of business — sending a strong message that water is more precious than gold.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Community meetings/Town halls, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Advocates for the West, INC

Board of directors
as of 2/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Deborah Ferguson


Board co-chair

Walt Minnick

Eric Younger

Justin Hayes

John Lamson

Amy Haak

Deborah Ferguson

Walt Minnick

Michael Lopez

Gretchen Biggs

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Not applicable
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/10/2021

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Data
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.