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The Latest On: Wild Lands

August 21, 2008 | Video

American Pika

The American pika, which only lives in cold high mountain elevations is threatened by global warming. Watch the video and find out more at http://www.earthjustice.org

August 12, 2008 | Case

Defending the Roadless Rule

The Roadless Area Conservation Rule, which protects 58.5 million acres of national forest land, was repealed by the Bush adminstration and replaced by a state-by-state petition process.

In September 2006, Judge Elizabeth Laporte in San Francisco declared the petitions rule illegal and reinstated the Roadless Rule nationwide, except for the Tongass National Forest in Alaska. Two years later, Judge Brimmer reissued his moratorium declaring the Roadless Rule illegal throughout the country. But the following year, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed protection for over 40 million acres of wild national forests and grasslands from new road building, logging, and development.

On October 21, 2011, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals reversed Wyoming district court, upholding the Roadless Rule and vacating the prior injunction.

July 14, 2008 | Case

Defending the Roan Plateau from Oil and Gas Drilling

The Colorado Natural Heritage Program ranks the Roan Plateau as one of the four most biologically rich areas in Colorado—the other three are already protected as part of the National Park System.

July 1, 2008 | Case

Fighting Dirty Energy In The Flathead River Basin

Dirty energy development threatened one of the most wild and beautiful landscapes left in the United States—Montana’s Flathead River and the Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park. Earthjustice took action, and development proposals in the region were banned by the Canada and the state of Montana in 2010.

January 18, 2007 | Case

Defending Roadless Areas in Death Valley National Park

Many states and counties and private organizations are laying claim to federal lands under an ancient right-of-way law that they claim opens up these lands to highway construction and vehicle use. In Inyo County, California, Earthjustice successfully intervened in one such claim to stop the construction of highways through Last Chance Mountains and other remote roadless areas in Death Valley National Park.

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