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Northwest Office

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The Northwest regional office has been at the forefront of many of the most significant legal decisions safeguarding the Pacific Northwest’s imperiled species, ancient forests, and waterways.

Signature Work

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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Contact Northwest Office

705 Second Ave., Ste. 203
Seattle, WA  98104
(206) 343-7340
nwoffice@earthjustice.org

Staff

Patti Goldman Managing Attorney

Todd True Managing Attorney

Matthew Baca Associate Attorney

Kristen Boyles Staff Attorney

Janette Brimmer Staff Attorney

Matthew Gerhart Sr. Associate Attorney

Amanda Goodin Sr. Associate Attorney

Catherine Hamborg Litigation Assistant

Jan Hasselman Staff Attorney

Lisa Lange Technical Support Manager

Steve Mashuda Staff Attorney

Cheryl McEvoy Office Manager

Eudora Powell Litigation Assistant

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Regional Office: Spotlight Features

Down to Earth: Patti Goldman on Protecting Orca Whales

Patti Goldman discusses her work spearheading efforts to protect the orca whales that make Puget Sound their home. The iconic creatures are at risk of extinction due to a decline in both the abundance and toxic contamination of salmon, their main food source.

Map: Crude-by-Rail Across the U.S.

Railroad shipments of volatile crude oil into America's cities have dramatically increased, with explosive results. See a map of major crude-by-rail accidents since 2012, and the communities that are fighting back.

Managing Attorney Todd True On the Fight To Save Salmon

Attorney Todd True discusses Earthjustice's work to protect and restore iconic salmon species, which have been pushed to the brink of extinction by overstretched water resources, dam construction, pollution and development.

It Takes A Sleuth

Attorney Jan Hasselman stopped a coal scheme by mining industry documents. Read a Q&A interview with Jan, and learn about the coal industry's plans for coal export facilities up and down the West Coast that would eventually export tens of millions of tons per year