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Arch Coal’s Otter Creek Mine Permit Application called “Deficient”

10/30/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

In what could be the largest understatement of the year coming from a Montana state agency, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) declared Arch Coal’s permit application to mine in the Otter Creek valley “deficient.” Quick background On March 8, 2010, …

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Engaging with local communities has big salmon and water conservation payoffs

10/26/2012 // By John Kostyack

NWF’s Yakima River salmon and ecosystem project shows how engagement with local communities pays off.

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Washington Activist Gives Orcas a Voice

10/18/2012 // By Robyn Carmichael

What would orcas say about proposals to ship up to 150 million tons of coal per year on trains running along the Columbia River and Puget Sound through sensitive habitat? That’s the question that Washington activist Richard Bergner so creatively …

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Will a Coal Train Kill the Last Dinosaur?

10/12/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Wednesday, those of us who are working to protect the wildlife in southeastern Montana were surprised to learn that the Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks (FWP) Commission was planning to vote on an easement agreement that FWP staff attorneys had negotiated with …

Wind energy is just one of many alternative and renewable energies available to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

Stand Up and Fight! Five Good Reasons Why Coal Export is a National Issue

10/2/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

It’s time to tackle coal export nationwide! While the first battles are being fought in the West, coal export is a national issue worth paying attention to. Here are five reasons why. 1. If not the West, coal companies will …

Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber is pushing for a new approach to restoring salmon to Northwestern rivers and streams. Photo by U.S. FWS.

A New Path Forward for Salmon in the Columbia River Basin

10/2/2012 // By Dan Siemann

The wild salmon and steelhead of the Columbia and Snake Rivers are truly one-of-a-kind. Many of these fish travel farther inland and higher in elevation than any salmon in the world, returning to some of the best-protected salmon habitat on …

Downtown Seattle skyline on clear day and a day hazy due to Central WA wildfire

Hot and Hazy: Central Washington Wildfires Muddle the Puget Sound Skyline

9/14/2012 // By Patricia Tillmann

Smoke from Central Washington wildfires is dimming the horizon throughout Washington today, obscuring the crispness that is so common on a sunny summer day in Seattle. It also raises air quality concerns throughout the region and provides a clear example of …

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Northern Cheyenne Tribe at a Crossroads: To Develop Coal or Not?

9/13/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

On Sunday, over 100 people assembled for a Way of Life Gathering (Hestana Vestotse) in Lame Deer, Montana. Yellow Bird, a Northern Cheyenne non-profit group and Sierra Club, organized the event with assistance from a number of conservation and community development organizations, …

Coal Ash Sludge Ponds in Colstrip, Montana

Protecting Wildlife from Toxic Coal Ash in Montana and Beyond

9/7/2012 // By Alexis Bonogofsky

For decades, the coal-ash sludge ponds at the Colstrip power plant in southeastern Montana have been leaking harmful chemicals into groundwater, a blatant and well-documented violation of state and federal laws. Four years ago, nearby ranchers and residents won a …

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Building a National Constituency for America’s Most Endangered Marine Mammal

9/4/2012 // By Les Welsh

Considered the most endangered marine mammal found only in U.S. waters and one of the rarest marine mammals in the world, the Hawaiian monk seal needs citizens from across the nation speaking up on its behalf if it is going …

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