Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio

Defending Wild & Natural Places

The Midwest is full of rich beauty and natural resources from the Great Lakes to the Great Plains. We have an amazing combination of wild private lands and protected areas here, including National Parks, lakeshores, refuges, wilderness areas, forests, prairies, and waterways. When these special places are threatened by logging, mining, and sprawl, ELPC works with local partners, providing the legal firepower to protect our wild resources for people and the planet.

ELPC’s public interest attorneys litigate before key courts and regulatory agencies to uphold environmental laws, defend fragile ecosystems, and protect special places throughout the heartlands. Our advocates advance sound science-based policies to solve problems and protect our environment for current and future generations. We know a healthy economy depends on a healthy environment.

Current Projects

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Clean Air

Protecting Northwest Indiana

Clean Energy

Redeveloping Retired Coal Plant Sites

Wild & Natural Places

Protecting Michigan Wilderness

Wild & Natural Places

Protecting the Wisconsin Northwoods

Wild & Natural Places

Protecting the Driftless Area

Clean Water

Protecting the Great Lakes

Related Resources

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StoryMap: Great Lakes National Marine Sanctuaries


Restoring Pure Michigan: Tackling Livestock Pollution to Protect Clean Water


Driftless Area Landscape Conservation Initiative


High-Risk Levees Along the Upper Mississippi River Report

Important Victory

Protecting the Savanna Prarie

Stopping the proposed “prison on the prairie” at the Savanna Army Depot was one of the biggest wins in a long time for Illinois conservationists.

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Help us protect wild & natural places

From parks to prairies, woods to waterways, ELPC needs your help to defend the Midwest’s natural treasures.