Wildlife

Defending Wildlife

Crag works with local, regional, and national wildlife conservation groups to protect the Pacific Northwest’s rare and sensitive wildlife species. From butterflies to wolves and from salmon to migrating waterfowl, we stand up for wild animals and their habitat.

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Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

On January 17, Crag filed suit on behalf of three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon, in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive...

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

On behalf of five environmental groups, Crag this week filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal district court to force supplemental analysis on the environmental consequences of the Ketchikan-to-Shelter-Cove road project...

Alaska Confirms 60% Decline in Rare Wolf Population

Alaska Confirms 60% Decline in Rare Wolf Population

A June 16, 2015 Memorandum issued by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported a 60% decline in the population of the Alexander Archipelago wolf in the Prince of Wales Island area between 2013 and 2014. The wolf species, endemic to the coastal...

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log Alaska Old Growth

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log Alaska Old Growth

Crag Law Center is representing five environmental organizations in a lawsuit that challenges a plan to log the old-growth forests of Mitkof Island, near the Southeast Alaska community of Petersburg. On behalf of the groups, today Crag filed suit in Alaska District...

Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service given August 2016 deadline to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm refuge wildlife   Medford, OR - Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to...

Tongass Logging Halted For Two Weeks Pending Appeal

Tongass Logging Halted For Two Weeks Pending Appeal

Judge Beistline (U.S. District Court, Anchorage) has granted a temporary injunction of The Big Thorne timber sale, which involves the proposed logging of more than 6,000 acres of old-growth coastal rainforest in one of the most sensitive areas of the Tongass National...

Judge’s ruling favors wildlife on Klamath refuges

Judge’s ruling favors wildlife on Klamath refuges

A US District Court Judge today issued a preliminary finding ordering the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for five of the Klamath Wildlife Refuges including Upper Klamath, Lower Klamath, Tule Lake,...

Crag Case Protects Tongass National Forest

Crag Case Protects Tongass National Forest

The U.S. District Court in Anchorage issued a decision Friday on the Islands Wolf lawsuit centered in Southeast Alaska. The decision has now, for the second time, stopped four Tongass National Forest logging projects. Crag has represented Greenpeace and Cascadia...

Crag Challenges Old-Growth Logging in Alaskan Rainforest

Crag Challenges Old-Growth Logging in Alaskan Rainforest

Today, the Crag Law Center filed a new lawsuit to stop a Forest Service project that would log more than 6,000 acres of irreplaceable old-growth temperate rainforest in Southeast Alaska.  The Big Thorne timber sale is planned on the Tongass National Forest and would...

Crag Wins Injunction on Butterfly Protection

Crag Wins Injunction on Butterfly Protection

This month, Crag won an injunction compelling the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take action on listing the Leona’s little blue butterfly under the Endangered Species Act after years of delay. The Leona’s little blue butterfly was discovered in 1995.  It is found...

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