Map of the Project Area

Forest Service Approves Drilling Near Mount St. Helens

Opposition from Cascade Forest Conservancy among other conservation and recreation groups, objection submitted.

Peggy getting a drink from Walton Lake with many of the targeted firs in the background.

Walton Lake Logging Stopped

Earthrise victory over Walton Lake logging once again prevents the Forest Service from clearcutting.
The ridgeline where the fragile chaparral habitat was scheduled to be clear cut, 150 feet on eith...

Forest Service Withdraws Controversial Vegetation Clearance Project in California

In response to a lawsuit filed by Earthrise on behalf of the California Chaparral Institute and Los Padres ForestWatch, the U.S. Forest Service has withdrawn a harmful fuel break project that would have damaged fragile habitat and threatened rare species in Los Padres National Forest along California’s Central Coast.  On Monday, the conservation groups agreed to drop their pending legal action against the project, which they filed last December in U.S. District Court.

Earthrise Works to Protect Quiet Recreation in Olympic National Park

Earthrise Law Center filed an objection to the USFS regarding their finding of No Significant Impact for the Navy’s Pacific Northwest Electronic Warfare Range above Olympic National Park.
Refugio manzanita

Fuel Break Would Destroy Rare Plants that Exist Nowhere Else on Earth

On behalf of two California conservation organizations, Los Padres ForestWatch and the California Chaparral Institute, Earthrise filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court on Tuesday to protect rare and sensitive species that live in the path of a massive, remote fuel break recently approved in the Los Padres National Forest.
Walton Lake is a popular recreation site. Here Earthrise attorney Tom Buchele and his dog Peggy e...

Walton Lake Win! Forest Service Withdraws Plans to Clearcut Ochoco

After obtaining a preliminary injunction to halt logging in the Ochoco National Forest that was scheduled to begin on October 17th, Earthrise is pleased to announce the Forest Service has withdrawn it decision authorizing the logging of hundreds of large and old growth Douglas-fir and Grand fir in the Walton Lake area of the Ochoco. This area is one of the most popular recreation sites in the Ochoco as well as a location of magnificent old growth and significant wildlife habitat. 

A cheerful Tom Buchele after a successful PI win.

Preliminary Injunction Win Stops Logging near Walton Lake this Fall

Earthrise attorney Tom Buchele and his co-counsel Earthrise alum Jesse Buss successfully argued a motion for a preliminary injunction in the Federal District Court in Portland on behalf of our longtime client League of Wilderness Defenders/Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project. The motion was necessary to prevent the Forest Service from logging hundreds of large Douglas and Grand fir, including quite a few enormous old growth fir trees, near Walton Lake in the Ochoco National Forest.

Earthrise Files Suit to Stop Logging of Popular Recreation Site in The Ochoco National Forest

On Monday Earthrise attorney Tom Buchele filed a lawsuit to challenge proposed heavy logging at Walton Lake, a popular area in eastern Oregon.

Snow Basin Timber Sale Cancelled

After a long and complex litigation fight, the USFS finally cancelled this illegal timber sale in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Earthrise alum Laura Hagen, client Don Mench and Earthrise alum Nick Lawton

Earthrise Defends Public Participation in Federal Court

Earthrise Defends Public Participation in Federal Court
Attorney Dan Rohlf successfully stops SLAPP Suit involving a Mt. Hood CPO

Snow Basin Project Vacated

Pileated Woodpeckers and Grand Fir in Eagle Creek Celebrate
Jackson County Legal Team  L to R: George Kimbrell (CFS), Amy Van Saun (CFS), Lia Comerford (Eart...

Earthrise Wins One For Jackson County’s Traditional Farmers

On May 29th, Federal District Court Magistrate Judge Clarke issued an opinion, finding that, as a matter of law, a Jackson County Ordinance that prohibits the growing of genetically modified (“GE”) crops in that County was legal under Oregon law.

Aubrey Baldwin

Rising Issues #8 Summer 2014

Big Public Lands Wins and Farewell to Aubrey Baldwin
Site of proposed mining site near Mount St. Helens

Earthrise wins mining case against USFS

Earthrise wins mining case against USFS, representing Gifford Pinchot Task Force to stop a proposed mine near Mount St. Helens
Buffalo National River, Arkansas (National Park Service)

Arkansas DEQ Misrepresented Hog Waste Water Monitoring

2/12/14 - A press release issued today reports on a letter sent on behalf of Earthrise’s clients, charging the Arkansas DEQ with monitoring water for hog waste contamination in the wrong fields.

Rising Issues #5 Fall 2013

10/30/13 - Federal laws are for the birds…and the national rivers! Read about our work protecting national treasures in our latest newsletter.

KATV Reports on the Buffalo River Lawsuit

9/13/13 - KATV (Little Rock) reports on a fundraiser for the lawsuit brought by environmental groups against a hog farm near the Buffalo National River in Arkansas. Earthrise is of counsel on the suit.

Rising Issues #4 Summer 2013

8/23/13 - Read the summer edition of our newsletter, Rising Issues, featuring our latest achievements, our summer externs, staff transitions at Earthrise, and more!
Buffalo National River, Arkansas (National Park Service)

Conservation Coalition Files Suit to Protect Buffalo National River

8/7/13 - A coalition of conservation and citizen groups, represented by Earthjustice, Earthrise Law Center, and local attorney Hank Bates, filed suit in federal court yesterday to challenge approval of a hog farm near the Buffalo National River in Arkansas.

Mountaineers Foundation Awards Community Grant to Earthrise

6/28/13 - The Mountaineers Foundation has awarded Earthrise Law Center a Community Grant for the second year in a row. The $3,000 grant will support the Oregon Waters initiative.
Buffalo National River, Arkansas (NPS)

Earthrise Helping to Protect Country’s First National River

5/8/13 - Earthrise is representing a coalition of environmental groups opposing a hog farm that could threaten the watershed of the Buffalo National River in northwest Arkansas.

Rising Issues #2 Winter 2013

2/14/13 - Read our winter newsletter, highlighting Earthrise students’ roles in Supreme Court briefing and in an herbicide case in eastern Oregon, plus more.

Earthrise Wins Bench Ruling for Wallowa-Whitman National Forest

11/21/12 - Last Thursday, Earthrise Law Center won a ruling from the bench for its client, Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, to partially vacate a US Forest Service decision that would greatly increase the use of herbicides in Oregon’s Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

Rising Issues #1 Fall 2012

11/2/12 - Read our latest newsletter, with updates on our work in Arizona, New Jersey, and more.

Earthrise Files RCRA Suit in Arizona

9/7/12 - On Wednesday, Earthrise (formerly PEAC) filed a complaint on behalf of the Center for Biological Diversity, the Sierra Club, and the Grand Canyon Wildlands Council demanding the US Forest Service use its authority to protect wildlife and humans from the dangers of lead ammunition in the Kaibab National Forest in northern Arizona.

Win for Wallowa-Whitman

7/5/12 - A federal judge ruled in favor of PEAC and its client League of Wilderness Defenders/Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project, halting the spraying of herbicides in the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.
Bull Trout

Earthrise/PEAC Summer 2012 Newsletter

5/31/12 - Read up on the latest at Earthrise (formerly PEAC), including the Oregon temperature water quality standards victory, clinical experiences of our students, and collaboration with India.

Mountaineers Foundation Awards PEAC Community Grant

4/19/12 - The Mountaineers Foundation has awarded PEAC a $4,000 grant for its Oregon Waters and Oregon Lands projects.
Kathryn Walter

PEAC Student Presents Report on Oregon Invasive Species

2/28/12 - PEAC student Kathryn Walter presented a report to the Oregon Invasive Species Council. The report offered recommendations aimed at preventing the spread of invasive species.

Buchele Returns to Illinois to Protect Shawnee National Forest

2/20/12 - PEAC attorney Tom Buchele helped his clients win a landmark injunction preventing logging and drilling in the Shawnee National Forest in Illinois in 1996. Last week he returned to argue for keeping the injunction in place until the US Forest Service provides an adequate management plan.

PEAC Defends CPO from SLAPP Suit

1/25/12 - PEAC attorney Dan Rohlf is defending the Mt. Hood Corridor community planning organization (CPO) against a federal lawsuit filed by a developer that could stifle public participation in local land use decisions.

California Condor Protection in the News

1/9/12 - Protection of endangered California condors has been featured in recent articles in Scientific American, Washington Post, and the Arizona Daily Sun.

PEAC Helps Protect Waterfowl Along the Bayou Meto River in Arkansas

PEAC sent a 60-day notice letter to the Remington Arms Company regarding toxic discharge into the Bayou Meto River in Arkansas.

PEAC Fall 2011 Newsletter

Topics include the Boardman settlement, PEAC’s new class, California condors, and the CRC.

PEAC Helping to Protect California Condors

PEAC sent a notice letter to the United States Forest Service with an intent to sue if the threat to California condors from spent lead ammunition was not addressed, particularly in Arizona.

PEAC Challenges Exploratory Drilling Near Mount St. Helens National Monument

In July of 2011, PEAC filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force challenging a decision by the United States Forest Service to allow exploratory drilling for mineral deposits in an area along the Green River and adjacent to the Mount St. Helens National Monument.

Saving the Pygmy Rabbit

PEAC submitted an administrative appeal challenging the BLM’s decision to expand the use of herbicides in Oregon.

PEAC Challenges Use of Herbicides in Public Lands

PEAC filed a lawsuit challenging the expansion of herbicide use in Wallowa-Whitman National Forest.

PEAC and Yakama Nation attorneys obtain order blocking shipment of Hawaiian garbage

PEAC wins a preliminary injunction against the USDA, stopping waste-hauling companies from importing garbage from Hawaii through the Columbia Gorge.