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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.

May 20, 2019 | In the News: Capitol News

Toll Road Plan Taking Fire

Jordan Luebkemann, Attorney, Florida Regional Office, Earthjustice: “It will really remain to be seen who is allowed to participate in the task forces.”

May 17, 2019 | In the News: KTUU

Attorney: Tongass old-growth logging “plain violation” of environmental law

Tom Waldo, Attorney, Alaska Regional Office, Earthjustice: "The agency is required to take a hard look at specific impacts of an action in specific places. So you can't just generalize across the whole island and say, 'well, we'll log somewhere.' This is a brazen attempt by the forest service to rewrite the rules for timber sales."

May 15, 2019 | Legal Document

Rosemont Copper Mine: Memo in Support of Preliminary Injunction (No. 4:19-cv-00177-TUC-JAS)

The Santa Rita Mountains rise as a “sky island” from the desert south of Tucson, Arizona. They are a place of remarkable scenic beauty that contain some of the highest quality streams and wetland ecosystems in the American Southwest. This is also a landscape imbued with cultural significance, whose waters and wildlife have sustained Native American cultural and religious life for over 10,000 years. For the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe, these mountains are a place of prayer and respect that must be safeguarded for future generations.

May 15, 2019 | Legal Document

Rosemont Copper Mine: Motion for Preliminary Injunction (No. 4:19-cv-00177-TUC-JAS)

Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 65, the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe respectfully request a preliminary injunction to prevent Rosemont Copper Company from undertaking any ground-disturbing activities authorized by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Clean Water Act Section 404 Permit or the U.S. Forest Service’s revised Mining Plan of Operations, which relied upon the 404 Permit.

May 15, 2019 | Legal Document

Rosemont Copper Mine: Memo in Support of Preliminary Injunction (No. 4:17-cv-00475-TUC-JAS)

Plaintiffs Tohono O’odham Nation, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and the Hopi Tribe move the Court for immediate injunctive relief barring Rosemont Copper Company from commencing the development of a new, mile-wide, open-pit copper mine southwest of Tucson. The project will ultimately disinter ancestral remains, obliterate archaeological and cultural sites, and permanently scar the natural beauty of the Santa Rita Mountains. Given the important and unique resources at risk, an injunction pending the Court’s final decision on the merits of this case is necessary and appropriate.

May 15, 2019 | Legal Document

Rosemont Copper Mine: Motion for Preliminary Injunction (No. 4:17-cv-00475-TUC-JAS)

Pursuant to F.R.C.P. 65, the Tohono O’odham Nation, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, and Hopi Tribe respectfully request a preliminary injunction to prevent the Rosemont Copper Company from undertaking any ground-disturbing activities approved by the Forest Service in its June, 2017 Record of Decision or pursuant to Rosemont’s March 20, 2019 revised Mine Plan of Operations.

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