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January 7, 2000 | Press Release

Court Upholds Forest Service Interim Roadless Area Protection Plan

U.S. Federal District Court Judge Clarence Brimmer has issued a ruling upholding the U.S. Forest Service's 18-month moratorium on road building in many of the Nation's remaining roadless areas.

In February 1999, the Forest Service imposed the moratorium in order to reevaluate its approach to managing the more than 373,000 miles of road that now criss-cross the National Forests. The Forest Service has been using this break to consider the mountain of evidence that its road system is the single-most cause of environmental damage on national forests and is a fiscal disaster.

January 3, 2000 | Press Release

Lawsuit Filed to Save Endangered Forest Bird (O'Ahu Elepaio) in Hawai'i

Conservation Council for Hawai'i ("CCH"), represented by Earthjustice Legal Defense Fund, filed suit in federal district court today against Bruce Babbitt, Secretary of the Interior, and Jamie Rappaport Clark, Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service ("Service"), to compel them to finalize a proposed rule to list the O`ahu `elepaio, a native forest bird, as endangered under the Endangered Species Act ("ESA").

November 19, 1999 | Press Release

Citizen Suit Prompts Action to Protect Imperiled Hawaiian Invertebrates

The Center for Biological Diversity, represented Earthjustice, and the Secretary of the Interior and Director of the Fish and Wildlife Service, reached a settlement that moves four rare Hawaiian invertebrates -- Blackburn's sphinx moth, Newcomb's snail, the Kaua`i cave wolf spider and the Kaua`i cave amphipod -- a crucial step closer to protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

October 27, 1999 | Press Release

Conservation Groups Sue BLM to Control Off-Road Vehicle Abuse of Public Lands

A coalition of eight conservation groups filed suit today in federal court to force the Bureau of Land Management to begin controlling runaway abuse of public lands by off-road vehicles (ORVs). The suit seeks to force the BLM to comply with existing laws that require it to control damage by ORVs, and to close to motorized vehicles a number of areas that are proposed wilderness areas, pending development of a designated trail system.

October 20, 1999 | Press Release

Court Finds Longline Fishery Violating Environmental Law

A federal judge ruled that the National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Secretary of Commerce William Daley violated federal law by allowing the Hawai`i-based longline fishery to operate without first preparing an Environmental Assessment or Environmental Impact Statement.

September 30, 1999 | Press Release

Court Ruling Stops Timber Sales to Protect Endangered Fish

A federal court held that 24 timber sales cannot go forward until the federal government ensures that they will not harm salmon listed under the Endangered Species Act and that they will comply with the rules established in the President's Northwest Forest Plan.

September 27, 1999 | Press Release

Citizens and Army Settle Lawsuit

Malama Makua, represented by Earthjustice, and the US Army settled a lawsuit to compel the Army's compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act for training and related activities at Makua Military Reservation on O`ahu.

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