Defending the Sagebrush Sea

Working to inspire and empower the preservation of wildlands and wildlife in the West.

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Defending the Sagebrush Sea

Working to inspire and empower the preservation of wildlands and wildlife in the West.

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Defending the Sagebrush Sea

Working to inspire and empower the preservation of wildlands and wildlife in the West.

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The Sagebrush Sea is among the most imperilled landscapes in North America. Rich and diverse vegetation communities evolved amidst a variety of unique geologic features--from rolling steppe to rugged canyons to dramatic open vistas--to thrive in spite of the harsh climate extremes of the Western landscape.

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‘Dear BLM’ Archives: Pahsimeroi Valley, Idaho

From: Katie Fite Subject: Lower Elkhorn creek in donkey hills ACEC Date: September 10, 2016 at 1:12:45 PM MDT To:  Cc:   Dear BLM   Here are conditions WildLands Defense observed on lower Elkhorn Creek in the Donkey Hills.   You may recall that on a... read more

Jarbidge to Malheur: the Rough Road to Understanding

SEPTEMBER 5, 2016 COUNTERPUNCH.ORG by KATIE FITE The Jarbidge Road incident took place in the Dark Ages when there was minimal electronic and social media in the West. Elko County, Sagebrush Rebels Grant Gerber, John Carpenter, Demar Dahl and others tied the Forest... read more

[Letter from Nevada] | The Great Republican Land Heist by Christopher Ketcham

“[I]n the spring the new shoots on the sage, iridescent, light, and soft, bow in the wind and what that creates on the landscape is an evocation of the wind on the sea. And when the wind blows at dusk after the rain, there’s the sweetest smell.”. .

Harper's Magazine

February 2015

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Natalie Ertz

Natalie Ertz

Executive Director

Inspired by a howl with the late Phantom Hill Wolf Pack of central Idaho, Natalie Ertz has been tracking and monitoring wolves in the central Idaho backcountry for over six years.

During much of that time, Natalie served and learned from Lynne Stone of the Boulder-White Cloud Council providing oversight of the federal and state MANagement of wolves.

Natalie’s passion for wolves and public landscapes is inspired by a deep appreciation for the wild, an appreciation borne on-the-ground.

Brian Ertz

Brian Ertz

Board President

Brian Ertz is Natalie Ertz’s brother.  Brian is in his final year of law school, currently serves as the Chair of the Sierra Club’s National Grazing Team, Conservation Chair of the Sawtooth Group of the Sierra Club and previously spent 7 years as Media Director for Western Watersheds Project. Since that time Brian has consulted a variety of public interest environmental nonprofits on administrative, policy, and media advocacy.

Katie Fite

Katie Fite

Board Secretary

Katie Fite brings over 30 years of on-the-ground experience to WLD’s advocacy.

As Western Watersheds Project’s Biodiversity Director, Katie has monitored more public ground–from Modena to the Modoc to Mcdermitt, the Lemhis to Little Blue Table to the Little Lost to Leslie Gulch, from Jarbidge to Jump Creek to Jim Sage, the Pahsimeroi to the Pancake Range, Calico Mountains to Castleford–and brought more headache to those anti-environmental bureaucrats at BLM and Forest Service than arguably any other single person in the Western United States.