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The Latest On: Public Lands

July 29, 2015 | Feature

Saving the Forest for the Trees

Alaska's Tongass National Forest is home to centuries-old trees and rivers flowing among thousands of islands. It is also the last forest where the fight continues to keep timber sales out of roadless areas.

April 16, 2018 | Blog Post

Trump’s Monumental Deception Unravels

Thousands of pages of Interior Department documents show that mining and drilling interests were at the center of Trump’s attack on national monuments.

April 12, 2018 | Legal Document

Rosemont Complaint

The Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe and the Hopi Tribe filed a complaint in U.S. District Court challenging the approval by the U.S. Forest Service of a plan by Hudbay Minerals Inc. of Canada to develop a sprawling toxic open pit copper mine on public land. The tribes are represented by Earthjustice.

April 4, 2018 | Legal Document

Motion to Intervene Montanore Mine

Earthworks, Montana Environmental Information Center, Clark Fork Coalition, Rock Creek Alliance, Save Our Cabinets, and Montana Conservation Voters (collectively “Proposed Intervenors”), hereby seek to intervene in this case to defend the March 20, 2018 determinations by the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (“DEQ”) that Phillips S. Baker, Jr., and Hecla Mining Company (“Hecla”) are in violation of the “bad actor” provisions of Montana’s Metal Mine Reclamation Act (“MMRA”), Mont. Code Ann. §§ 82-4-360, 82-4-361.

March 20, 2018 | Letter

Montana DEQ Violation Letter Doug Stiles

Under Section 82-4-361(1), MCA, the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is required to send a violation letter when it has reason to believe that a person is in violation of the Metal Mine Reclamation Act, a rule adopted under the Metal Mine Reclamation Act, or a term or condition of a permit issued under the Metal Mine Reclamation Act.

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