Help Support Our Work in 2021!
Friends of the Clearwater needs your support to continue the work to protect the Wild Clearwater region. On Monday, December 14, Earthjustice, an environmental protection law firm, filed a lawsuit to protect the wolverine under the Endangered Species Act on behalf of Friends of the Clearwater and nine other conservation organizations. A national online publication, EnviroNews stated this about our lawsuit and one other filed on behalf of the wolverine, “Before EnviroNews could get this article on the wire a second lawsuit came down from another coalition of conservation groups — and this one carries some heavy hitters: Earthjustice representing the Center for Biological Diversity, Friends of the Clearwater, Defenders of Wildlife and the Sierra Club, alongside six other non-profits. Between the two suits, 25 plaintiffs in all, 24 NGOs and one individual, have all anted up for the ensuing legal battle, making for one of the largest overall NGO forces ever reported by EnviroNews in a wildlife case.” We are effective even though we don’t have the budgets of the other big groups mentioned. We make every dollar count. You can donate here or read more about our work in 2020 and what is ahead in 2021.
While Friends of the Clearwater and our allies are in court trying to protect the wolverine, the Forest Service is trying to slip by a logging project during the holidays that will eliminate potential wolverine habitat. On December 14, 2020, the Forest Service announced a public comment period for the Smith Ridge Project (in the North Fork of the Clearwater), to run a short 14 days and runs over several holidays. The deadline to comment is Monday, December 28, 2020. This project will reconstruct approximately 30 miles of road for 400 acres of trees in steep and high country, including roads to nowhere, that is surrounded by an inventoried roadless area. Read more about that project here.
Best wishes to you this holiday season.