Successes

Oregon Legislature puts permanent restrictions on suction dredge mining

5/31/2017

Legislation to put permanent restrictions on motorized suction dredge mining in Oregon is headed to the Governor for her signature.

Lawmakers, led by the late Sen. Alan Bates, struggled for years to find a compromise between protecting the state’s iconic salmon and steelhead and supporting the hobby miners who have invested in equipment and spend money in struggling rural communities.

Senate rejects bid to kill sensible BLM methane rule (News Release 5/10/17)

5/10/2017
Senate heeds 81 percent of Westerners who support methane waste reduction

In a close vote, the Senate chose today to protect taxpayers, public health, and the environment by preserving the Bureau of Land Management methane waste rule. Today's vote reflects the will of the public, which launched a massive effort to keep the common-sense rule on the books.

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.

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.

Idaho Settlement Ensures Notification for Wildlife Killing Contests on BLM Lands (News Release 2/23/17)

2/23/2017
Cruel, Unethical Competitions Stopped for Last Two Years

Yesterday, the Federal District Court of Idaho approved a settlement agreement between six conservation groups and the Bureau of Land Management ensuring public notice of a wildlife killing contest on BLM-managed public lands near Salmon, Idaho.

Lawsuit against Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan thrown out

1/04/2017

SANTA FE N.M. (KRQE) – The U.S. District Court has thrown out a lawsuit from an off-roading organization against the Santa Fe National Forest.

The ATV group was fighting the forest’s Travel Management Plan that would close parts of the forest to motorized use.

It’s been a battle for years now — a lawsuit between the Santa Fe National Forest and the New Mexico off-roading group.

The New Mexico Off Highway Vehicle Alliance has been fighting to keep more of the forest open for ATVs.

Advocacy in action: Decades-long effort earns 20-year mining ban in Kalmiopsis Wild Rivers (News Release 1/13/17)

1/13/2017
Administration acts to protect steelhead, wild salmon for decades

This week, the Obama Administration took strong administrative action to protect an area in southwest Oregon's Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest with the highest concentration of designated Wild Rivers in the contiguous U.S. The action safeguards the area's wild salmon and steelhead habitat, and preserves a mecca for aquatic recreationalists such as paddlers, boaters, and fishermen, for 20 years.

Court tosses suit challenging Santa Fe National Forest travel management plan (News Release 1/4/17)

1/04/2017
400,000 acres of SFNF will remain protected from ATVs

Late last month, the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico dismissed a case against the Santa Fe National Forest brought by an off-road vehicle advocacy organization. The case challenged the U.S.

USFS Amendment Recalled After Lawsuit

12/09/2016

A recent Forest Service decision in Helena put to end a controversial forest plan amendment that could have set a precedent for other neighboring national forests, including the Kootenai, according to a press release issued by the Western Environmental Law Center on Dec. 6.

Helena – A coalition of Montana sportsmen’s groups commended the Helena-Lewis Clark National Forest’s recent decision to withdraw a forest plan amendment that could have negatively impacted big game habitat, potentially greatly reducing public hunting opportunity.

Washington state lists Canada lynx as endangered Rare Cats (News Release 12/14/16)

12/14/2016

Late last week, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission voted unanimously to list Canada lynx as “endangered” under the state equivalent of the Endangered Species Act. This move comes as estimates for the state population of lynx fall to an estimated 54 individuals. The Canada lynx was previously listed as “threatened,” however population declines and habitat degradation have led the species to the brink of extirpation in Washington.

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