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document June 12, 2024

Vote NO On Biggs Anti-ESA Amendment

The Department of Defense has long worked with the expert wildlife agencies to ensure it meets its obligations under the Endangered Species Act while still maintaining military readiness. At a time when our planet is facing an extinction crisis of epic proportions, Congress should not be undermining our most effective tool for preventing extinctions.

"Energy bars of the sea," Pacific sardines are small schooling fish that are essential food for humpback whales, dolphins, sea lions, brown pelicans, Chinook salmon, and other important commercially and recreationally caught fish and marine animals. (Klaus Stiefel / CC BY-NC 2.0)
Press Release: Victory April 26, 2024

Government Rebuilding Plan for Sardines on U.S. West Coast is Unlawful, Court Rules

Earthjustice, representing Oceana, prevails in lawsuit to recover Pacific sardines to protect whales, sea lions, seabirds, and other ocean animals that rely on the small fish for food

Grizzly bear near Canyon, Yellowstone National Park. (Neal Herbert / NPS)
Article March 20, 2024

3 Amazing Mammals Earthjustice Is Fighting For

Here’s how we’re using the Endangered Species Act as a powerful legal tool to protect imperiled animals.

Fishing for steelhead on the Clearwater River, upriver from its confluence with the Snake River in Lewiston, Idaho. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release March 6, 2024

Washington State Legislature Funds Recreational Study Connected to Columbia Basin Restoration

The new recreation study joins three previously-funded studies on how to best replace energy, transportation and irrigation services now provided by the lower Snake River Dams

A Bureau of Land Management-maintained forest in Oregon. (Bureau of Land Management)
Press Release December 19, 2023

Climate Forests Campaign: Biden Administration Moves to Protect Old-Growth Forests

Environmental groups welcome needed action on old-growth, urge future action on mature forests

Illustrations by Emily Schnall
Article December 15, 2023

How Our Fight for 4 Species Helped Save the Sierra Nevada

A decades-long fight for four imperiled species — and an entire landscape — is nearly complete.

An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle. The orca is from the J pod, one of three groups of southern resident killer whales that frequent the inland waters of Washington state.  (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Article December 14, 2023

Northwest Tribes Demand Action for Salmon and Orca Restoration

Tribes call for dam removal and restoration of healthy salmon and orca populations during emotional two-day summit.

Lower Granite Dam. One of the four lower Snake River dams that Earthjustice is fighting to remove. (Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Update December 14, 2023

The Government Just Took a Big Step Toward Breaching Salmon-Killing Dams

The Biden administration released a plan for restoring endangered salmon and steelhead in the Pacific Northwest.

Snake River's blue waters stand out against green landscape with Teton Mountain Range ascending in the background. Grand Tetons National Park, Teton County, Wyoming. (Edwin Remsberg / Getty Images)
Update December 7, 2023

Snake River Salmon Are in Crisis — But a Turning Point May Be Near

As time runs out for Pacific Northwest salmon, the Biden administration is signaling important steps to restore native fish populations and honor treaty obligations.

A wolverine caught on a camera trap while working with researchers on a rare carnivore survey in Western Montana. Made under a special use permit with the Flathead and Lolo National Forests.
Article: Victory November 29, 2023

Wolverines Gain Legal Protections to Ward off Extinction

The announcement comes after decades of litigation and public calls to save wolverines from development and climate change.

A wild wolverine kit playing on the snow outside of a rendezvous site in the Northern Rockies (Steven Gnam)
Press Release: Victory November 29, 2023

Wolverine Receives Much-Needed Endangered Species Act Protections

Fish and Wildlife Service to list species as threatened following decades of litigation

Rice's whale — a new species of whale recognized in 2021, previously known as a subpopulation of Bryde's whale, endemic to the Gulf of Mexico.
(NOAA Fisheries)
Article November 17, 2023

Fossil Fuel-Friendly Ruling Endangers the Last Gulf of Mexico Whales

As scientists gathered at the Smithsonian to discuss the significance of the new-to-science whale, a court decision has further jeopardized the already critically endangered whale.

Sockeye salmon make their way back up a river in the Pacific Northwest to spawn. (U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Photo)
Update November 8, 2023

We’re Going to Court to Protect Salmon from a Highly Toxic Chemical

U.S. fishing groups are suing tire manufactures over 6PPD, a chemical in tires, which interacts with ground-level ozone to create the highly toxic 6PPD-q.

During September, sockeye and coho salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka and kisuch) intermingle during their spawning migration in an Alaskan stream. (Thomas Kline / Design Pics)
Press Release November 8, 2023

U.S. Fishing Groups Sue Tire Manufacturers Over 6PPD Impacts on Salmon, Steelhead

6PPD interacts with ozone to create the highly toxic 6PPD-q

document November 8, 2023

6PPD ESA Complaint

The Institute for Fisheries Resources (IFR) and the Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations (PCFFA) filed suit against U.S. tire manufacturers over the use of the chemical 6PPD in rubber tires because of its devastating impacts on Endangered Species Act (ESA)-protected salmon and steelhead.

(Architect of the Capitol)
Press Release November 3, 2023

Earthjustice Statement on House Passage of Interior-Environment Appropriations Bill

The bill doubles down on policies that reject science, undermine environmental protections, and prioritize the profits of polluting industries over our health

A small group of bison roam the Snake Butte Pasture on the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation in Montana. (<a href="http://conservationmedia.com/">ConservationMedia</a>)
Article November 1, 2023

In Montana, Wild Bison Are Back, and an Entire Ecosystem Is Healing

The return of bison ten years ago to their home on tribal lands at the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation has helped restore an ecosystem and tribal culture.

A sockeye salmon (<i>Oncorhynchus nerka</i>) in Little Redfish Lake Creek, Sawtooth National Recreation Area, Idaho. (Neil Ever Osborne / Save Our Wild Salmon / iLCP)
Press Release October 31, 2023

Parties in Snake River Salmon Litigation Ask Court for More Time

The notice will allow negotiations to continue