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The Great Coal Giveaway: BLM Coal Leasing Program Fundamentally Broken

2/4/2014 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

Today, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of Congress, released a long awaited report that confirmed what we already knew: the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) coal leasing program is broken. The Bureau is mismanaging the resources on our public […] Read more >

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Progress for Protecting Alaska’s Wildlife from Mining

1/17/2014 // By Jane Kirchner

There is good news for coastal brown bears and other wildlife in Alaska threatened by a proposed large-scale mining project! A new environmental watershed assessment from the Environmental Protection Agency clearly shows that development of the proposed Pebble Mine should […] Read more >

Students from Birney Day School get check out the Lummi Totem Pole. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson. All rights reserved.

The Top 5 Moments In Our 2013 Fight To Stop The Otter Creek Coal Mine

12/20/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

It was a rough year for Arch Coal. Their stocks are in the tank, their credit rating keeps getting lowered and oh yeah, they still don’t have a permit for their proposed Otter Creek mine. But 2013 was a great […] Read more >

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A Crucial Few Days to Help Orca and Speak Out Against Dirty Coal

11/12/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Critically endangered orcas in the Pacific Northwest rely on a diet almost exclusively of salmon that swim into the Puget Sound from fresh waters like the Columbia River. Sadly, the once thriving Pacific salmon that return every year to the […] Read more >

hoto by National Wildlife Photo Contest entrant Kerrie Best.

Dwindling Arctic Sea Ice Forces 10,000 Walruses Ashore

10/16/2013 // By Avelino Maestas

When we discuss sea ice here at NWF, we’re usually talking about polar bears. But this month, the annual loss of sea ice in the Arctic is affecting another marine mammal: walruses. Right now, melting ice caused by climate change is […] Read more >

Since 1900, Puget Sound Chinook salmon populations have declined 93% and nine runs of Chinook have gone extinct. Orca whales, which eat primarily salmon, have declined by half. Source: Minette Layne/WikiMedia Commons

The Latest Dirty Coal Threat to Endangered Orcas

10/2/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

As another proposal for a massive coal export terminal in the Pacific Northwest barrels through the review and approval process, officials are hearing a force of voices from across the region warning of threats to the environment, wildlife and important […] Read more >

Northern Cheyenne and Lummi sing together. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson

We Draw the Line, No Otter Creek Mine

9/20/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

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Lummi Totem Pole carved by master carver Jewell James (House of Tears Carvers). Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson

“We Draw The Line” Totem Pole Journey Starts in Montana’s Otter Creek Valley

9/17/2013 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On September 18, 2013, Northern Cheyenne tribal members, local ranchers, conservationists and community members from the Otter Creek valley and Ashland, Montana will gather to support the Lummi Nation in their efforts to stop the largest coal port in North […] Read more >

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North Dakota Volunteers to Lead Conservation Campaign

9/7/2013 // By Dave Dittloff

Volunteers in North Dakota are coming together to lead one of the most important conservation campaigns in the state’s history—which is critical to protect North Dakota’s wildlife and conserve the lands on which they depend. Whether they have enjoyed hiking […] Read more >

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

Continuing the Fight to Save Orcas in the Pacific Northwest

8/29/2013 // By Jane Kirchner

Today, less than 90 orcas live in Puget Sound.  Known as Southern Resident Orcas, these cetaceans rely on salmon and other fish for their primary source of food.  The population is not stable, dipping down by 30% over the last […] Read more >