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Taryn Kiekow Heimer, Senior Policy Analyst, Marine Mammal Protection Project, Santa Monica, California

Taryn Kiekow Heimer

At NRDC I work on two major campaigns: our Stop Pebble Mine and End Commercial Whaling campaigns. I also work on the issue of undersea noise pollution as well as to preserve key marine mammal species and their habitats. Prior to joining NRDC, I was litigation associate at a law firm in Washington, D.C. I also worked as a dolphin trainer in San Diego, California and Miami, Florida. While I loved the experience, I realized I wanted to do more to protect marine mammals. Working to save marine mammals here at NRDC is the perfect fit!

Recent Posts

Check out our ad in today's London Financial Times thanking Rio Tinto for leaving the Pebble Mine!

Posted April 15, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Global mining giant Rio Tinto announced last week that it will divest its entire stake in the controversial Pebble Mine by gifting its shares to two Alaskan charitable foundations.  NRDC ran this full-page ad in today’s London Financial Times thanking...continued

U.S. censures Iceland for its whaling -- again

Posted April 1, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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President Obama took additional steps today to sanction Iceland for its whaling and trade in whale products, but he should have gone further.  “I believe that continuing focus on Icelandic whaling activities is needed to encourage Iceland to halt commercial...continued

Japan's Whaling Harpooned by the International Court of Justice

Posted March 31, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today the UN International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s whaling program in the Antarctic is illegal. Even after the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling, Japan has continued to kill whales – and sell the meat for profit...continued

Alaska Judge Overrules Local Citizens Initiative Protecting Bristol Bay Salmon from Pebble Mine

Posted March 20, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Yesterday a state court judge in Alaska ruled against the local “Save Our Salmon” initiative that would have effectively stopped the Pebble Mine.  The SOS initiative, passed by local voters in the Lake and Peninsula Borough in October 2011 and promptly...continued

Leaders in Washington, D.C. Heard a Unanimous Message This Week from Pebble Mine Opponents: Protect Bristol Bay NOW

Posted February 28, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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This week NRDC joined more than 30 leaders from an unprecedented coalition of Alaska Natives, commercial fishermen, sportsmen, business owners, and faith leaders united by one common conviction: EPA should act now to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from large-scale mining like...continued

Robert Redford: National ecological treasure in danger

Posted February 21, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Check out NRDC Trustee Robert Redford's op-ed in USA Today calling for EPA action to protect Bristol Bay, Alaska from Pebble Mine -- a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of its famed salmon runs.  The Bristol Bay wild salmon...continued

CA Controller and NYC Comptroller Stand Firm Against Pebble Mine, Again Urge Rio Tinto to Divest to Protect Major Pension Fund Investors

Posted February 11, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The California State Controller and New York City Comptroller’s offices refused to back down from their request that mining giant Rio Tinto divest from the Pebble Mine, even in the face of an aggressive response from Northern Dynasty Minerals –...continued

U.S. to Iceland: Stop Trading in Endangered Whale Meat

Posted February 6, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Endangered fin whales facing Iceland’s harpoons have a new ally: the United States Department of Interior. Today Interior Secretary Sally Jewell certified to President Obama under the Pelly Amendment to the Fishermen’s Protective Act that Iceland’s international trade in...continued

A Message from Robert Redford: Stop the Pebble Mine!

Posted January 31, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Robert Redford has a message for President Obama: stop the Pebble Mine and protect the $1.5 billion wild salmon fishery and the people that depend on it.         The ad, sponsored by NRDC, is running on MSNBC...continued

EPA's Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment Has Everyone Buzzing

Posted January 17, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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On Wednesday, EPA released its peer-reviewed, scientific “Assessment of Potential Mining Impacts on Salmon Ecosystems of Bristol Bay, Alaska” and concluded that large-scale mining in the Bristol Bay watershed poses “significant” – and even “catastrophic” – risks to the ecosystem,...continued

EPA Study Finds Pebble Mine Could Devastate Alaska's Bristol Bay

Posted January 15, 2014 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Today EPA released its final Bristol Bay Watershed Assessment, and the science is definitive: large-scale mining, like the Pebble Mine proposed at the headwaters of Bristol Bay, could potentially destroy the world’s greatest wild salmon fishery – and the people...continued

CA, NY Managers of Giant Pension Funds Ask Rio Tinto to Divest from Pebble Mine

Posted December 20, 2013 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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The California State Controller and New York City Comptroller’s offices have sent a letter to Rio Tinto asking it to fully divest its interest in the Pebble Mine – a giant gold and copper mine proposed at the headwaters of...continued

Anglo American is Officially Out of Pebble Mine

Posted December 13, 2013 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Anglo American announced last September that it was withdrawing from the proposed Pebble Mine, citing a desire to focus on projects with the “highest value and lowest risks.”  Today it released a statement confirming that its exit from the project...continued

Pebble Partnership CEO Says "It's Really About People" - and He's Right

Posted November 20, 2013 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively is speaking today at the Alaska Resource Development Council’s annual conference in Anchorage to promote a proposed open-pit gold and copper mine that would generate 10 billion tons of mining waste. The tagline? "It's Really About People."  It's clear...continued

Pebble Mine: It's Really About People

Posted November 19, 2013 by Taryn Kiekow Heimer in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and Wild Places

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Pebble Limited Partnership CEO John Shively will speak at the Alaska Resource Development Council’s annual conference this Thursday in Anchorage.  The title of his talk is “It’s Really About People.” Really?  But the people of Bristol Bay have already spoken,...continued

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