Public lands on trial


Stands of spruce and aspen. (Ted Zukoski/Earthjustice)
The new fight to defend this pristine national forest—and our climate
Every time Arch Coal has tried to destroy the Sunset Roadless area they’ve been thwarted by Earthjustice and our partners. But this time Arch Coal brings a new ally: President Trump.
The algae, caused by agricultural runoff in the Shenandoah Valley, interfere with recreational uses of the river, such as swimming, kayaking and fishing. It also harms native grasses and affects aquatic life. (Alan Lehman/Potomac Riverkeeper Network)
Who is allowing industrial manure to pollute the Shenandoah River?
State and federal authorities lack the political will to enforce the Clean Water Act. So Earthjustice and our local partners are taking the fight to court.
Hikers explore lush cedar forests in the East Fork Bull River drainage of the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness. (Katherine O’Brien/Earthjustice)
Industrial mine halted on the doorstep of last remaining grizzly bear habitat
The proposed mine would have drained some of the nation’s purest streams and jeopardized the survival of bull trout and grizzly bears.
A greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus), near Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. (Photo courtesy of Dan Dzurisin)
The last American sage grouses
To benefit dirty fuels, Secretary Zinke plans to cut protections for a threatened bird and icon of the West.
Stars illuminate the landscape of Bears Ears National Monument. (Photo courtesy of Marc Toso)
An outdoor retailer steps into the legal arena to defend wild places
Protecting wild places and natural resources was a founding tenet of outdoor retailer Patagonia, and now environmental litigation has become a top strategy.

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“If President Trump follows Secretary Zinke’s recommendation to shrink the boundaries of these cherished lands, we will see him in court.”
— Heidi McIntosh, Earthjustice’s managing attorney in the Rocky Mountains and a public lands expert.