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The Oregon spotted frog shows nature has a sense of humor or is at least artistic—it is a little frog, speckled with bright marks on its chest, gold-rimmed eyes and spots on its back that at times look like little black flowers. But despite its glitzy characteristics, the Oregon spotted frog is really hard to find—largely because human activity has mostly eliminated its home.

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A new year brings hope for the future. It’s a time to set new goals to better ourselves, our communities and our planet. As we dive into 2016, one resolution that’s shining through here at Earthjustice is continuing our work to accelerate the transition away from dirty fossil fuels. A key part of this effort is advancing solar energy technology.

"Malheur NWR, OR" by Don Barrett https://flic.kr/p/ahgGfv

Armed, anti-government militants have taken over Oregon’s Malheur Wildlife Refuge.  The militants and their sympathizers have peddled false assertions about America’s public lands. For example:

“The land policies now are, basically, lock it up and throw away the key,” a commissioner from Garfield County, Utah, told The New York Times in a quote that wrapped up a front page story. “It’s land with no use.”

Factory Butte in Utah

For decades, the federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has allowed four-wheelers and dirt bikes to carve up Utah’s red rock country—creating a spider’s web of dirt trails—without first ensuring that archaeological sites and artifacts from early Native American communities are identified and protected from damage and looting. As the result of a recent order from the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, this is about to change.

Timber wolf, Josef Pittner/iStock

In 2014, Earthjustice won a major court victory to return wolves in Wyoming to protected status under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). But in mid-2015, members of Congress slipped a policy “rider” into House and Senate spending bills that would have overridden that Wyoming court decision as well as another federal court decision, stripping wolves in Wyoming, Wisconsin, Michigan and Minnesota of ESA protections.

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We’re looking ahead to exciting new casework and courtroom battles to protect the wild, improve the health of communities across the U.S. and transition our country to renewable energy. But as we prepare to dive into our 2016 docket, let’s not forget the biggest stories of 2015. Earthjustice has covered events across the environmental spectrum, from the battle to keep Shell’s Arctic drilling rigs out of Seattle to the proliferation of pesticides on GM crops in Hawai‛i.

Don’t miss these in-depth stories from the frontlines of the environmental movement:

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