FERC releases draft environmental analysis for natural gas export in southern Oregon (press release, 11.7.14)

Broad coalition opposes project due to harm to property rights, clean water, wildlife, and the climate

Amidst stiff controversy, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement today for the proposed Jordan Cove/Pacific Connector Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) export project in southwest Oregon. The public has been given 90 days to comment on this massive and precedent-setting proposal.

UPCOMING EVENT: The Adventures of the OR-7 Expedition: Following in the Tracks of Oregon’s Most Famous Wolf

You are invited to join Western Environmental Law Center and Oregon Wild, two groups at the forefront of wolf conservation in Oregon, for an evening with Wolf OR-7 Expedition member Rachael Pecore-Valdez, who will share photos and stories about the expedition and wolves in Oregon.

WHEN: Wednesday, December 3 from 6-8:00pm

WHERE: Claim 52 Brewing at 1030 Tyinn Street, Ste. 1, Eugene, Oregon

Hunters and Conservationists Join Forces to Protect Imperiled Wolverines (press release 10.20.14)

Suit Challenges Feds’ Failure to Protect Rare Carnivore from Extinction

Today, a unique coalition of conservationists, animal welfare activists, hunters, anglers, and an ecologist sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) in U.S. District Court of Montana for refusing to protect rare wolverines from extinction under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Fewer than 300 wolverines remain in the contiguous United States.

Landowners tell proposed LNG export terminal in Coos Bay: 'Keep your pipeline off my property' (The Oregonian, 8.28.14)


Bill Gow stands on a wooden platform perched high above a lush valley south of Roseburg, his Stetson tipped back as he surveys the 1,400-acre ranch where his family runs cows for a living. [Click here to watch a short, on-sight interview of Bill Gow.]
"This is why I worked 24-7 my whole life, so I could wake up and have this," he says. "This is all I ever wanted."

Logging in Roadless Area Threatens Crater Lake National Park (press release 6.18.14)

Conservationists take legal action to protect wilderness and to ensure a proposed logging project will not harm wolf OR-7’s newly discovered pups

As Oregonians celebrate the recent discovery that wolf OR-7 has found a mate and sired pups in southwest Oregon, conservationists today took legal action to halt a reckless logging project that would destroy a potential wilderness area near Crater Lake National Park and may harm the new wolf family.

Eugene teenagers win reversal in climate change case (Register-Guard, 6.12.14)

The appeals court ruling will give two young Eugene activists who sued the state their day in court

The Oregon Court of Appeals has ruled that a local judge should not have dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Eugene teenagers who allege that the state is violating the public trust by failing to take adequate steps to stave off climate change.

The court’s opinion was announced Wednesday. It had been sought by attorneys representing the two teenagers who filed the lawsuit, Kelsey Juliana, 18, and Olivia Chernaik, 14.

Youth Win Reversal In Critical Climate Recovery Case (press release, 6.11.14)


In a nationally significant decision in the case Chernaik v. Kitzhaber, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled a trial court must decide whether the atmosphere is a public trust resource that the state of Oregon, as a trustee, has a duty to protect. Two youth plaintiffs were initially told they could not bring the case by the Lane County Circuit Court. The trial court had ruled that climate change should be left only to the legislative and executive branches.

Nontraditional Allies Celebrate Win-Win for Forest Restoration And Timber Jobs In Eastern Oregon (press release, 5.22.14)

To restore the Malheur National Forest, local lumber mill adds up to 30 new jobs

As a committed partner in the nearly decade-long collaborative effort to restore the Malheur National Forest in eastern Oregon, the Western Environmental Law Center is celebrating successful community-based forest restoration work that is generating jobs in Grant County, Oregon.

Court Acts Swiftly to Aid Rare Canada Lynx (press release 5.9.14)

Wildlife advocates’ win forces federal government to prepare long overdue recovery plan for threatened Canada Lynx.

In a critical win for the rare and elusive Canada lynx, a federal court in Montana found that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 14-year delay in preparing a recovery plan for this threatened species was “unreasonable” and ordered a firm deadline for completing the federally mandated roadmap for recovery. 

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