Climate debate takes center court (Register Guard 1.17.14)

State appeals judges hear arguments in a lawsuit filed by two Eugene students

Two Eugene teenagers are trying to save the world — one court hearing at a time.

Kelsey Juliana, 17, and Olivia Chernaik, 13, were part of an overflow crowd Thursday that listened to testimony when a three-judge panel of the Oregon Court of Appeals convened at the University of Oregon School of Law.

Oregon courts can order the governor to do much more to stave off climate change and protect the state’s air and water for future generations, an attorney for the two girls asserted.

Proposal to Strip Federal Wolf Protections Faces Strong Opposition (press release 12.17.13)

Over 100,000 Pacific West residents urge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to maintain protections for gray wolves

Demonstrating Americans’ broad opposition to the Obama administration’s plan to strip Endangered Species Act protections from gray wolves, members of the Pacific Wolf Coalition submitted 101,416 comments to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today favoring continued wolf protections. The comments on behalf of the coalition’s members and supporters in the Pacific West join 1 million comments collected nationwide expressing Americans’ strong disapproval of the Fish and Wildlife Service proposal to remove federal protections from gray wolves across most of the continental United States.

Lawsuit Over McKenzie River Hatchery (Radio Interview 12.9.13)


Listen to Bruce Anderson and Dave Thomas of McKenzie Flyfishers explain why they filed suit over Salmon (as recorded on the Jefferson Exchange).

When disputes over timber and water arise, fish are often at the center of concern.

They are sensitive to changes in streams and the forests that give birth to the streams.  Now a pair of environmental groups are taking the the federal government to court over fish.

Mckenzie Flyfishers Defend Wild Chinook Salmon (Eugene Weekly 12.5.13)


It’s a tough time to be a Chinook salmon, but members of the McKenzie Flyfishers and the Steamboaters are trying to make things easier for the threatened fish. Concerned by what they say are poor management practices in hatcheries that allow wild fish to breed with hatchery fish, changing their genetic integrity and making them less fit for survival, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) filed a lawsuit Dec. 2 against the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) and the U.S.

Conservationists sue to stop timber sale near Diamond Lake (NR Today 12.4.13)

Conservation groups sued Tuesday to stop the U.S. Forest Service from logging on more than 800 acres west of Diamond Lake, characterizing the sale as a grab for timber in a popular recreation area. Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild filed the suit in U.S. District Court in Eugene, claiming the Loafer timber sale would encroach on spotted owl habitat, recreation sites and roadless forests.

Groups call for federal regulations to curb methane leaks (Washington Post, 12.4.13)


Ninety health, environmental and sportsmen’s groups asked the federal government Thursday to clamp down on the release of methane gas by the petrochemical industry, asserting that the United States cannot reach its goal for reducing heat-trapping emissions without addressing the issue.

Environmental, Health, Sporting Organizations, Call On Interior Secretary Jewell, EPA Administrator McCarthy To Curb Methane Emissions From Oil And Gas Industry (press release 12.05.13)


A broad group of regional and national environmental and health organizations, joined by sporting and faith-based allies, today called on Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to substantially reduce emissions of methane from the oil and gas industry on public and private lands, as well as from offshore oil operations.

Lawsuit filed over hatchery salmon (Register-Guard 12.4.13)

Advocates want to restrict their release in the McKenzie River over concerns for wild salmon

The state and federal governments’ annual release of hundreds of thousands of hatchery-raised spring chinook salmon into the McKenzie River is jeopardizing the recovery of the river’s dwindling wild salmon runs and must be dramatically curtailed, two flyfishing advocacy groups say in a federal lawsuit filed this week.

Crater Lake area logging plan challenged in lawsuit (The Oregonian, 12.3.13)

GRANTS PASS — Conservation groups are challenging U.S. Forest Service plans to log and thin outside Crater Lake National Park in an area that the groups want to see protected as wilderness.

The lawsuit was filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Eugene by the groups Cascadia Wild and Oregon Wild.

They are asking a judge to stop the Loafer timber sale in an area east of Diamond Lake on the Umpqua National Forest.

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