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.
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.
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.