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Injunction Sought to Halt Trump's Wall in Arizona

In less than two weeks bulldozers could start tearing through some of Arizona's most pristine, wild areas to build Trump's border wall — places like Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument.

That's why this week the Center for Biological Diversity and allies filed an emergency request asking a federal court to block work until a judge rules on our lawsuit from July that challenged Trump's waiver of dozens of environmental and public health laws to speed border-wall construction in Arizona. The border region is home to jaguars, wolves and so many other animals that would be devastated by Trump's wall.

"It's senseless to let bulldozers rip through wildlife refuges and national monuments before the court decides whether the waiver is even legal," said the Center's Jean Su. "Trump's grotesque barrier would destroy some of the border's most spectacular and biologically diverse places. We'll do everything in our power to stop that."

Learn more from Arizona Public Media and consider donating to support our legal battle against Trump's wall.

Monongahela National Forest

Tell the Feds: Don't Clearcut 'Almost Heaven, West Virginia'

Nobody ever sang about West Virginia's beautiful logging roads or clearcut forests — and for good reason. It'd ruin everything special about this place.

Yet right now the U.S. Forest Service is proposing to clearcut thousands of acres in West Virginia's magnificent Monongahela National Forest. If approved these timber projects would destroy habitat for many imperiled species, including Indiana and northern long-eared bats. And the subsequent logging roads would pollute local streams and creeks, hurting protected fish like the colorful candy darter.

The Forest Service has offered no alternatives so far, and it's looking to cut down as many trees as possible for timber companies. Send a letter urging the agency to abandon these projects.

Grizzlies Officially Protected Once Again

Yellowstone grizzly bear

After a long court battle by the Center and allies, a judge returned federal protections to Yellowstone grizzly bears last year, just in time to save them from Wyoming's trophy hunt. And this month the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officially "relisted" these iconic predators under the Endangered Species Act.

"All grizzlies need Endangered Species Act protections until they're truly recovered," said the Center's Andrea Santarsiere. "We'll keep fighting for these bears until that day."

Get more from KPVI News.

Sonoran desert

In the latest installment in our #BorderViews video series, the Center's Laiken Jordahl brings you through Arizona's Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument — which our latest court action defends. This unique and breathtaking monument, full of species found nowhere else, will be one of the first wild places forever scarred by Trump's border wall if we don't stop it. Watch now on Facebook or YouTube.

Marbled murrelet

Court: Oregon Wrongly Denied Protections for Coastal Bird

We just notched an important win for marbled murrelets. On Tuesday a judge ruled that the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission illegally denied a petition by the Center and allies to classify these beautiful birds as "endangered" under the state's Endangered Species Act.

In February the commission voted to do just that — upgrade the birds' status from "threatened" — but then it reversed course in June after new members joined. We challenged that decision in court, and we're happy to win this week.

The marbled murrelet is a seabird that nests in old-growth forests and forages at sea. Its population has declined dramatically in recent decades due to extensive logging in Oregon's coast range.

Read more in The Oregonian.

Lawsuit Filed to Save Alaska Wildlife Refuge From Bulldozing

Izembek National Wildlife Refuge

The Center and allies just sued the Trump administration to challenge a land-swap deal aimed at bulldozing a road through the heart of Alaska's Izembek National Wildlife Refuge.
Izembek is home to world-class wetlands that support millions of migrating birds, bears, caribou and salmon.

"This vital wildlife refuge feeds millions of birds from three continents," said the Center's Randi Spivak. "You can't swap land here for anywhere else because there's nothing else like it. We'll keep fighting to ensure Izembek remains protected."

Read more in The New York Times.

The Revelator: Fracking Harms Human Health

Fracking rig

If you're not worried about the health impacts of fracking … you'd better read this.

Public health experts analyzed 1,500 studies and concluded that fracking and its associated activities are harmful to human health, with communities of color and low-income neighborhoods most at risk. But the dangers don't end there. Methane leaks at every stage of the process are also driving greenhouse gas emissions, exacerbating climate woes.

Read more at The Revelator and sign up for the e-newsletter.

Giant manta ray

New Suit Defends Sharks, Rays From Lethal Fisheries

The Center and allies, represented by Earthjustice, have sued the Trump administration for failing to protect whitetip sharks and giant manta rays from deadly fishing gear in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico.

Both of these great, majestic sea creatures have suffered dramatic declines because of overfishing. Whitetip populations have declined by up to 88 percent in the Atlantic, while those of giant manta rays — which have wingspans as wide as 29 feet — have plummeted by as much as 95 percent.

"These sharks and rays won federal protection, but they're still being slaughtered by reckless fishing practices," said Center attorney Catherine Kilduff.

Read more in our press release.

Coho salmon

Oregon Agrees to Look at Protecting Coho From Logging

The Oregon Board of Forestry has approved a petition by 22 conservation groups, including the Center, to finally look at ways to protect coho salmon from logging on private and state lands.

Although coho have been listed for years under the Endangered Species Act, state forestry officials have never taken a hard look at how logging is affecting the species — so this step is long overdue.

The decision follows other work we've been doing to protect these fish. Last year the Center and allies sued the Oregon Department of Forestry for poor logging and road-use practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop state forests that threatened coho with landslides and stream erosion. Read more about our lawsuit.

Shipworm

Wild & Weird: A Clam That Eats Rocks

The newly identified rock-eating shipworm is a species of freshwater clam found in the Philippines. Plump, translucent and worm-like, it's an odd creature to behold. But what's truly astonishing is the clam's food of choice: rocks.

Find out just how — and why — this clam crams rocks at Live Science.

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Photo credits: Arizona border wall by Russ McSpadden/Center for Biological Diversity; Monongahela National Forest (c) Kent Mason; Yellowstone grizzly by Rennett Stowe/Flickr; Sonoran desert video still by Russ McSpadden/Center for Biological Diversity; marbled murrelet by Brett Lovelace/Oregon State University; Izembek National Wildlife Refuge courtesy USFWS; fracking rig near home by Tara Lohan; giant manta ray by Arend Kuester/Flickr; coho salmon courtesy BLM; shipworm by Deplewsk/Wikimedia.


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