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Protecting the cultural and historic values of the Powder River Basin

6/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

  Yesterday, in the beautiful Rosebud valley in southeastern Montana, hundreds gathered to celebrate and honor an important and sacred place, Deer Medicine Rocks, as a National Historic Landmark. Northern Cheyenne, Oglala Lakota, ranchers, historians, and others came to this …

Wanapum dam and reservoir on the Columbia near Vantage, WA (Photo by Bryn Fluharty)

Coal Exports Compromise the Clean History of the Pacific Northwest

6/11/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

The wind whips around me as I gaze out at the Columbia River from high atop a bluff. The setting sun illuminates the red rock walls that soar up from the river in a soft red light. The air is …

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Story from a Salmon Fishing Addict

5/16/2012 // By Nic Callero

Portland, Oregon is most well known for its bikes and its brews, and now quite possibly the quirky show Portlandia. Occasionally lost in the limelight of nude bicyclists, triple IPA’s and feminist bookstores is our amazing Chinook Salmon fishing. How …

Moving Forward in the Fight Against Coal Export from the Pacific Northwest

5/1/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

What started as a low rumbling has turned into a roar of voices in opposition to the proposed coal export from the Power River Basin in Wyoming and Montana through a possible six terminals in Washington and Oregon. A diverse …

Big Coal Launches Sneak Attack on Oregon – Speak Up NOW to Protect Wildlife

3/26/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

An unexpected move by Big Coal has shoved Oregon to the front lines of the battle against dirty energy, and puts wildlife and communities along the Columbia River in serious danger.

Cherry Point, Washington, site of a proposed coal export terminal (photo: Paul Anderson)

NWF Members Say “More Orcas! No Coal!”

3/1/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

NWF members joined record numbers of citizens to fight Big Coal’s latest scheme: exporting millions of tons of dirty fuel to China. The battle has just begun, but we plan to show up with a vengeance.

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Inhofe Seeks to Throw Mercury Protections Overboard

2/21/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Late last week, Senator James Inhofe (R-OK) introduced S.J. Res. 37 – a congressional resolution seeking to disapprove and throw out the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new air pollution standards that limit mercury and air toxics from power plant smokestacks. …

An Orca breaches near Washington State's San Juan Islands (photo: TheGirlsNY/

Protect the Northwest’s Endangered Orcas from Dirty Coal

1/27/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Coal exports threaten the health of people and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Speak up now to protect Orcas and other endangered species.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with House Speaker John Boehner before delivering the State of the Union address, Jan. 25, 2011 (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

A Conservationist’s Preview to President Obama’s 2012 State of the Union

1/24/2012 // By Miles Grant

Will America invest in a clean economy that creates jobs, cuts pollution and protects public health, or continue our dependence on dirty fuels that threaten wildlife, weaken our energy security, and deliver massive profits for big polluters?

2011 Review: House of Representatives, Polluter Lobbying, and More Air Pollution

1/17/2012 // By Joe Mendelson

Today, the House of Representatives returns with a 13% approval rating to start the 2012 legislative session. Before the gavel lands and the bills start flying, it is worth looking back at how the House dealt with the Clean Air …