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Landmark Victories

Since our founding in 1971 and with the generous investment of our supporters, Earthjustice has built a track record of success based on unparalleled legal and policy expertise and close collaboration with a diverse array of clients and coalition partners, from grassroots and community groups, to large national organizations.

Some of our recent court wins and legal advances:

June 18, 2004 | Case

Protecting Utah’s Wild Lands

Earthjustice beat back an attempt by the Bush Bureau of Land Management and the state of Utah to open permanently open vast tracts of wilderness-quality lands in Utah to development and to strip the government of its ability to protect these pristine areas.

October 14, 2003 | Case

Protecting Central Valley Steelhead

In a case that lasted seven years, Earthjustice succeeded in maintaining Endangered Species Act protection for Central Valley steelhead.

May 12, 2002 | Feature

The Forest and the Trees

Starting after World War II, and accelerating rapidly with the administration of Ronald Reagan, the ancient forests of the Pacific Northwest were being felled at a rate that would seem to make them disappear altogether within decades. Litigation to save the northern spotted owl from extinction slowed the rate of logging dramatically in the nick of time.

October 20, 2001 | Case

Recycling A Toxic Fleet Of Ghost Ships

An Earthjustice lawsuit blocked the export of nine ex-naval ghost ships full of toxic materials. The victory ensures that these dangerous ships will be dismantled and recycled safely in the U.S., preventing a long and risky shipment across open waters.

August 19, 1996 | Feature

Gold in Them Thar Hills

It looked as if nothing could stop a Canadian mining company from reopening an abandoned gold mine adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, threatening three major watersheds with acid-laced pollution. But Earthjustice had a better idea. Staff attorney Doug Honnold explains.

May 12, 1993 | Feature

Win by Losing

Some lawsuits fail in court but still accomplish their overall objective. One such case rescued the Sacramento River winter-run king salmon. Mike Sherwood, the lead attorney on the case, tells the story.

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