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The American pine marten USFS

Recently, we reached out to Dr. Mourad Gabriel, a conservation ecologist who has spent the past decade studying several forest carnivores, including fishers and martens. During our interview we discussed the threats to the coastal marten, a rare carnivore that Earthjustice is currently fighting to protect under the Endangered Species Act. With fewer than 100 individual coastal martens remaining in California, the survival of the species is uncertain.

Ron Smith

Editor’s Note: The EPA is holding a teleconference on March 1 at Howard University in Washington, D.C., from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST to ask for public feedback on the agency’s proposal to weaken civil rights protections. Dial 1-877-887-8949 (Conference ID #58156799) to be connected.

The nation just observed Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, and with horrible irony, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is in the midst of trashing King’s legacy.

Decker coal mine Montana WildEarth Guardians/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Many cheered when Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced earlier this month that she would “pause” new federal coal leases by ordering the department to consider how to better disclose and account for the environmental and climate damage that coal inflicts.

Teal Waterstrat / U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

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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