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Regional Office

Northern Rockies Office

Glacier National Park. (Photo courtesy of Brian Gruber)
The Northern Rockies region offers a last glimpse of wild lands and wildlife that have been eliminated from most of the world.

Signature Work

The Northern Rockies region boasts some of our nation’s last great wild places. Its magnificent landscapes provide opportunities for both recreation and solitude; its resources have provided sustenance to human communities for thousands of years. Its intact, healthy ecosystems—the Greater Yellowstone, Crown of the Continent, and Salmon-Selway—are key refuges for wildlife. But they are also under increasing stress from habitat fragmentation, destructive development, and rapid global climate change.

Responding to these challenges is a hallmark of Earthjustice. We take cases that focus on protecting large, intact ecosystems, and seek to build ecosystem resilience by reducing pressures caused by oil and gas development, logging, road building, and off-road vehicle traffic. We are committed to ensuring that our nation’s irreplaceable wild places and wildlife are preserved for future generations.

Wildlife species that the Northern Rockies office works to protect include:

  • Grizzly Bears: For decades, Earthjustice has stood at the forefront of efforts to protect and recover grizzly bear populations in the Northern Rockies under the Endangered Species Act.
  • Gray Wolves: Earthjustice’s legal team has been battling for 20 years to protect the gray wolf, a critical species in Northern Rockies ecosystems.

BADGER-TWO MEDICINE OIL AND GAS LEASE

The Badger-Two Medicine region, adjacent to Glacier National Park in northwestern Montana, is a dramatic and ecologically important wild landscape. Encompassing 130,000 acres of national forest land, the region is almost entirely roadless and a crucial wildlife movement corridor. The Badger-Two Medicine region is home to numerous rare and sensitive species, including grizzly bears, wolves, lynx, bighorn sheep, and mountain goats, and is of special cultural importance to the Blackfoot Tribe.

In 1982 the federal government issued oil and gas leases in a key part of the Badger-Two Medicine region, but later suspended all activity in the area in response to public and tribal opposition to drilling. However, in 2013 one of the lease holders sued to force the government to allow immediate drilling in the region. Drilling would pose grave environmental risks to these ecologically important wildlands.

OTTER CREEK COAL MINE

Arch Coal proposes to mine a reserve of 1.3 billion tons of coal in southeastern Montana’s Otter Creek Valley. This massive strip mining operation would dirty the air and degrade water quality in an undeveloped, wildlife-rich area. Earthjustice is working to stop this destructive project before it gets started, coordinating with concerned residents, including ranchers and Northern Cheyenne tribal members, for whom the Otter Creek Valley is culturally irreplaceable.

WYOMING FRACKING CHEMICALS DISCLOSURE

Nearly all oil and gas production in Wyoming involves fracking, a process that uses chemicals that threatens contamination of ground and surface waters. Wyoming was the first state to require well operators to disclose the chemicals they use in fracking, but the state permitting agency has since approved dozens of secrecy requests from companies claiming their chemical mixes are “trade secrets.”

Landmark Victories

Read about a few of the Northern Rockies office's significant victories:

Each year, Earthjustice achieves more than fifty victories. See all recent victories from the Northern Rockies and across Earthjustice.

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Contact Northern Rockies Office

313 E. Main St.
Bozeman, MT  59715
(406) 586-9699
nroffice@earthjustice.org

Staff

Timothy Preso Managing Attorney

Kristin Carden Associate Attorney

Jessica Hann Litigation Assistant

Jenny Harbine Staff Attorney

Adrienne Maxwell Associate Attorney

Cindy Hsin-Pei Napoli Litigation Assistant / Office Manager

Katherine O'Brien Associate Attorney

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Spotlight Features

Crown of the Continent: Taming the Wild West

The "Crown of the Continent" ecosystem is one of the largest undeveloped landscapes remaining in the country, containing some of the most spectacular scenery and intact wildlife populations in the United States. But climate change is now dramatically altering this region, one of America's last wild places.

Re-Born to be Re-Wild

More than 100 years ago, bison were slaughtered by the millions. In the spring of 2012, the great herds were being re-born on the Great Plains—one baby at a time.

Timeline: Wolves in Danger

Explore the history of the northern Rocky gray wolves, beginning in the 1930s when their numbers were decimated after years of persecution, through their successful reintroduction in the 1990s, to current day's first legal wolf hunts in the northern Rockies in nearly a century.