Logging Plan Threatens Proposed Crater Lake Wilderness (press release 12.3.13)

Conservationists File Legal Challenge to Protect Popular Recreation Areas and Imperiled Wildlife Habitat in Umpqua National Forest

Cascadia Wildlands and Oregon Wild, represented by the Western Environmental Law Center, filed  a legal challenge in Eugene today challenging the Umpqua National Forest’s proposed Loafer timber sale.  

Fishing Groups Aim To Ensure McKenzie River Hatchery Does Not Hinder Recovery of Imperiled Wild Spring Chinook Salmon (press release 12.2.13)


The Western Environmental Law Center, on behalf of the McKenzie Flyfishers and the Steamboaters, today filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon requesting that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), which operates the McKenzie Fish Hatchery with funding from the U.S.

There's a redd revival on the Rogue (11.19.13)

Dam removal means river teems with big chinook that dig, spawn in egg nests

Rowing just upstream of what used to be Gold Ray Dam last month, biologist Pete Samarin saw so many fall chinook splashing wildly within the Rogue River's gravelly riffle that he was lucky he didn't get drenched.

The big fall chinook salmon were spawning in shallow gravel bars that three years ago were covered by 10 feet of water and at least that much silt and other fine sediments captured over 106 years behind what was Gold Ray Dam.

Looking For Lynx Habitat (Eugene Weekly 6.6.13)


With thick fur and paws that work like snowshoes, the Canada lynx is a cat specialized for hunting in the snow. Already decimated by habitat destruction and overhunting, lynx are now facing the added danger of climate change, which may diminish their snowy habitats. 

Jordan Cove files formal application for liquefied natural gas export in Coos Bay


Jordan Cove Energy Project filed its formal application Tuesday with federal regulators to build a liquefied natural gas export facility on the north spit of Coos Bay.

The project's developers described this week's filing with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as a "major milestone," though the company still has much of its permitting marathon to run.

Advocates Call On BLM To Change Policy Consistent with Court Order (press release 5.17.13 )

Twenty-nine organizations seek reversal of BLM’s policy that keeps secret the names of corporations that nominate public lands for oil and gas drilling

Just over three months ago, in a momentous victory for the public’s right to know and government transparency, U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch ruled on February 13, 2013 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) violated the public’s right to know when it concealed the identity of the entities that nominate public lands for gas drilling leases.

Protections for wolverines draw states' opposition



State officials in the Northern Rockies on Monday lined up against a federal proposal to give new protections to the carnivorous wolverine, as climate change threatens to melt the species' snowy mountain strongholds.

A pending U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposal would declare the rare, elusive animal a threatened species across the Lower 48 states.

Wildlife Advocates Call For Endangered Species Status for Wolverine (press release 5.1.13)

The US Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to give wolverines the less-protective “threatened” status and failure to designate critical habitat ignore the scientific evidence and fall short of what is necessary to avoid extinction

Today, the Western Environmental Law Center (WELC) called on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (Service) to provide greater protections for the wolverine, the rarest carnivore in the Lower 48. WELC’s comments, signed by 26 conservation groups from across the wolverine’s range in the West, were submitted as part of the public comment process on the Service’s proposed rule to federally protect wolverine under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 

FS, community hash out stewardship contract details


JOHN DAY – Forest Service officials, industry representatives and community leaders have begun hashing out the shape of a 10-year stewardship contract on the Malheur National Forest.

Judge Denies 11th Hour Attempt by Energy Industry Trade Group to Join FOIA Lawsuit in an Effort to Stop BLM from Releasing Names (press release 4.10.13)

Monday, April 15th Marks the Deadline for the BLM to Release Identity of who Nominated North Fork Valley Public Lands for Drilling and Fracking Leases

Late yesterday U.S. District Court Senior Judge Richard P. Matsch denied an 11th hour attempt by Western Energy Alliance, an energy industry trade group, to intervene in an already decided lawsuit that will bring full transparency to the oil and gas leasing process.

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