Lush evergreen forests and salmon streams mingle with thriving population centers in the Pacific Northwest. The region boasts many national parks and forests, along with major rivers that serve as economic lifelines to local communities. But unless we find a way to grow wisely, we stand to lose Puget Sound and many of the iconic wildlife species that define the region.
The Northwest regional office, which opened in 1987, has been at the forefront of many of the most significant legal decisions and policy debates about conserving the Pacific Northwest’s imperiled species, ancient forests, and waterways.
On behalf of more than 100 conservation groups, tribes, and citizens’ organizations, the Northwest regional office works to protect the region’s natural systems from unsustainable development, to promote a clean energy future, and to ensure ecosystem resilience in the face of a warming climate, including:
- Protecting and restoring water quality in Puget Sound by changing both how and where development occurs in Washington. Poorly considered land use development and polluted runoff threaten the Sound’s wildlife, such as the region's iconic orcas and salmon, and put human health and valuable economic resources at risk. Our legal advocacy and litigation on stormwater, floodplains development, and fish consumption standards will help to advance green development practices.
- Securing and defending strong protections for old-growth forests.
- Preventing the Northwest from becoming a coal export and crude-oil-by-rail hub to help shift energy consumption from fossil fuels to cleaner, sustainable sources.
- Opposing new and expanded crude oil shipping terminals in the Pacific Northwest. These proposals—industrial crude oil shipping terminals along Washington’s vibrant and fragile shorelines—threaten to expose the state to all the risk and none of the reward of the current oil boom in North Dakota and Alberta, Canada.
- Seeking to phase out use of the worst pesticides and impose safeguards to reduce worker poisonings, children’s exposures, contamination of drinking water, drift into residential areas and schools, and harm to wildlife.
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705 Second Ave., Ste. 203
Seattle, WA 98104
Patti Goldman Managing Attorney
Todd True Managing Attorney
Matthew Baca Associate Attorney
Kristen Boyles Staff Attorney
Matthew Gerhart Sr. Associate Attorney
Catherine Hamborg Litigation Assistant
Jan Hasselman Staff Attorney
Lisa Lange Technical Support Manager
Steve Mashuda Staff Attorney
Cheryl McEvoy Litigation Assistant / Office Manager
Eudora Powell Litigation Assistant