Tom Waldo, Attorney, Alaska Regional Office, Earthjustice: "The agency is required to take a hard look at specific impacts of an action in specific places. So you can't just generalize across the whole island and say, 'well, we'll log somewhere.' This is a brazen attempt by the forest service to rewrite the rules for timber sales."
Famed for its immense wilderness and abundant wildlife, Alaska is often described as "America's Last Frontier." It is home to the United States' only Arctic region, the largest national forest in the nation—the Tongass—and a rich native culture that dates back millennia.
Opened in 1978, our Alaska regional office works to safeguard public lands, waters and wildlife from destructive oil and gas drilling, mining and logging and to protect the region's marine and coastal ecosystems. Learn about some of the office's current and past legal cases.
Working Green: Alaska
The construction and day-to-day operation of buildings have a powerful impact on our planet. Earthjustice is actively promoting a green, environmentally-conscious future outside of the courtroom. Learn about the green features of the Juneau location of the Alaska regional office.
Highlights of past successes include:
- Defeating a State of Alaska challenge to the Roadless Rule nationwide;
- Enjoining countless old-growth Tongass timber sales in lawsuits over a span of nearly 30 years;
- Protecting the Arctic from development’s harm, including the Western Arctic’s most sensitive wildlife habitat near Teshekpuk Lake, thus opening the door to permanent protection of the area;
- Winning protections for Alaska’s ocean ecosystems and marine animals, including Steller sea lions;
- Forcing substantial reform of gold placer mining practices throughout Interior Alaska through a successful litigation campaign; and
- Defeating a proposed permit to dump mine tailings from the Quartz Hill Molybdenum Mine into the waters of Misty Fjords National Monument.
Contact Alaska Office
325 Fourth Street
Juneau, AK 99801
441 W 5th Avenue, Ste. 301
Anchorage, AK 99501
Eric Jorgensen Managing Attorney
Erik Grafe Deputy Managing Attorney
Olivia Glasscock Associate Attorney
Iris Korhonen-Penn Litigation Assistant
Jeremy Lieb Associate Attorney
Rebecca Noblin Staff Attorney
Sarah Saunders Legal Practice Manager / Litigation Assistant
Tom Waldo Staff Attorney
Erin Whalen Senior Associate Attorney