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Forest Service Cancels Controversial Tongass Old-Growth Timber Sale

Forest Service Cancels Controversial Tongass Old-Growth Timber Sale

In October 2015, on behalf of five environmental organizations, Crag won a case against the U.S. Forest Service’s authorization of a timber sale on Mitkof Island in Tongass National Forest, which would have destroyed the habitat of the native Alexander Archipelago Wolves.

Development Along the White Salmon River Blocked

Development Along the White Salmon River Blocked

In 2013 Crag celebrated a victory with our clients, Friends of the White Salmon River and Friends of the Columbia Gorge, in blocking an ordinance that attempted to rezone 1,000 acres of riverside land along the White Salmon River.

Four Logging Projects Cancelled in the Tongass National Forest

Four Logging Projects Cancelled in the Tongass National Forest

In September 2014, Crag’s clients won a legal challenge at the US District Court in Anchorage, effectively canceling four logging projects in the Tongass National Forest. After six years of litigation, the Court issued a decision stating that the Forest Service relied upon faulty scientific models to complete their environmental review.

Victory for Butterfly Protection in PNW

Victory for Butterfly Protection in PNW

In July of 2014, Crag won an injunction on behalf of the Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation and Oregon Wild, which compels 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. 

Crag Protects Rivers from Logging Road Runoff in Groundbreaking Case

Crag Protects Rivers from Logging Road Runoff in Groundbreaking Case

In August 2010, Crag secured a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rainwater channeled by logging roads into rivers is pollution and can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Now, the Oregon Department of Forestry can no longer channel polluted stormwater into rivers and streams. 

Crag Helps Iñupiat Communities Stop Offshore Drilling

Crag Helps Iñupiat Communities Stop Offshore Drilling

In 2008, Crag won a landmark victory for the indigenous Iñupiat communities of the North Slope and the Arctic environment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore exploration plan in the Beaufort Sea because of potential impacts to Iñupiat subsistence traditions.

Old Growth in Blue Mountains Protected

Old Growth in Blue Mountains Protected

After the School fire burned in the Washington portion of the Blue Mountains in 2005, the Forest Service proposed to log live growth trees. Crag acted quickly to protect them.

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