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Environmental Watchdogs Fight Trump Admin for Withholding Public Information on Climate (News Release 4/25/17)

4/25/2017
Groups Initiate Legal Process to Force Disclosure

Today the Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of WildEarth Guardians, delivered Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to the Interior Department’s Bureau of Land Management and Office of Surface Mining.

Federal Wildlife Killing Program Sued Over Carnivore Killing in Colorado (Press Release 4/12/17)

4/12/2017
Lawsuit Targets Controversial Plan to Kill Black Bears, Mountain Lions in Colorado

Conservationists sued the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services today over its carnivore-killing program in Colorado.

Eugene environmentalists cheer judge’s recommendation on timber sale northwest of Crater Lake

3/22/2017

A federal judge in Eugene has recommended that Umpqua National Forest planners better study the environmental impacts of a potential timber sale 60 miles east of Roseburg, near Crater Lake National Park, before it can go ahead.

Forest officials say the Loafer timber sale would thin overgrown pine stands and create shrubland patches on about 1,450 acres.

Environmentalists say the logging would take away precious northern spotted owl habitat and degrade popular recreation magnets, including the North Umpqua Trail and Umpqua Hot Springs.

White House rejects scientific consensus, guts U.S. climate policy (Statement 3/28/17)

3/28/2017

In an executive order released by the White House today, President Trump seeks to reverse the core policy safeguards put in place by the Obama Administration to address climate change. The Trump order represents a sweeping attack on action to account for intensifying and anticipated climate impacts to the American West. These impacts include declines in mountain snowpack and streamflow, insect and wildfire outbreaks on our forests, disruptions to urban electricity and water supplies, and drought-induced economic hardship to our farms and ranches.

Judge says timber sale in Crater Lake's back yard could harm wildlife, orders study (Press Release 3/21/17)

3/21/2017

A U.S. District Court in Eugene has issued an order requiring the Umpqua National Forest to more comprehensively study environmental impacts of the proposed Loafer Timber Project timber sale. The Forest Service must complete the study and weigh its findings before proceeding with the timber sale in an area about 60 miles east of Roseburg, Oregon.

In light of lawsuit, coalition defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument

2/27/2017

ASHLAND, Ore. - Despite two lawsuits being filed by two Oregon timber companies against the expansion, the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council is defending the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument.

News10 first brought you the news of the expansion when former President Obama announced it on January 12.

Dave Willis, chair of the Soda Mountain Wilderness Council defended the monument in statement, calling it one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Opinion Editorial: Methane rule good for environment, consumers

2/22/2017

The oil and gas industry often reminds us that the New Mexico economy depends on a strong oil and gas industry, and that’s not wrong. New Mexico gets about a third of its state income from oil and gas. But any stockbroker will tell you that an undiversified portfolio comes with significant risk. As we are experiencing now, periodic crashes in fossil fuel prices affect the whole state; cuts for education, senior services – Gov. Martinez is now ordering agencies to cut budgets by 5 percent across the board.

Environmental groups challenge new dairy discharge permit

2/22/2017

YAKIMA, Wash. -- Neither environmentalists nor the dairy industry are satisfied with the final version of a proposed discharge permit for dairies and other concentrated animal feeding operations known as CAFOs.

As expected, several environmental groups have filed an appeal to challenge the permit. But the Washington State Dairy Federation and the Washington Farm Bureau also have issued an appeal.

The appeals were filed Friday to the state Pollution Control Hearings Board.

Coalition Defends Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument (News Release 2/27/17)

2/27/2017

Late last Friday, local and partner conservation groups intervened in two lawsuits to protect the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument from challenges brought by timber interests. The Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument is one of the most biodiverse places in North America.

Lawsuit Spurs Forest Service to Ensure Safe Passage for Bull Trout (News Release 2/10/17)

2/10/2017
Payette National Forest will assess how to protect bull trout critical habitat from motorized use

In response to a lawsuit filed by WildEarth Guardians, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, the Payette National Forest in west central Idaho is reconsidering how it manages roads and motorized trails to better protect bull trout. The complaint, filed September 21, 2016, challenged the U.S. Forest Service’s and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s failure to ensure protection for bull trout critical habitat from roads and motorized trails.

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