In 2006 the Center led 12 conservation organizations from the United States and Canada in petitioning the World Heritage Committee to include Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park on the List of World Heritage Sites in Danger, due to impacts from climate change. Climate change is causing rapid disappearance of the park's glaciers and significant damage to its vegetation and wildlife.


The Center has been working for well over a decade for federal protection of the rare and majestic Queen Charlotte goshawk, which inhabits the coastal rainforests of Alaska and Canada's Vancouver and Queen Charlotte islands. We first petitioned for the bird's Endangered Species Act listing in 1994, after which the Service issued a denial of listing. Even after a federal judge threw out the agency's decision, it denied listing again in 1997. In 1999 and 2002, the second Service listing denial was rejected in court, and in 2004, a judge specifically ruled that the denial had illegally refused to consider the effect of logging throughout the species' range. Finally, in 2007, the Service determined that the bird warranted listing in Canada — but listing in southeast Alaska was still denied. The Center strongly objects to the 2007 decision and continues to work to ensure the goshawk is fully protected throughout its range. We're also seeking to realize a cross-border recovery plan and to see the goshawk's critical habitat protected.