Coast Range Association


"Who owns Oregon?"
Glad you asked.
Check out our Current Work

The image below reprents three gigabyte of data of real property ownership in Western Oregon. This is the huge research project the Coast Range Association is committed to in order to understand forest ownership patterns and Oregon's political economy.

Each polygon represents a property bounday. Dark areas are where the density of property parcels is so great that, at this scale
(1-2,500,000), the parcel boundaries merge.

All data is in a geodatabase in our Geographical Information System (GIS).


CRA Support for Oregon's
Marine Reserves & Protected Areas.

The CRA's coastal program continues to make progress.
Jim Carlson works in support of north coast community groups participating in Oregon's nearshore marine reserve and protected areas

The Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve now has a great coordinator, Chrissy Smith, to assist with local organizing and outreach.

If you wish to know more about the Friends of Cape
or the Friends of Cascade Head contact jim (see below) and he'll get you connected. Each group is made up of knowledgable, local community members and there are many opportunities for volunteer service.

CRA Contact Information

Chuck Willer

Phone: 541-231-6651


Jim Carlson

Phone: 503-801-5538


Coast Range Association
PO Box 2250
Corvallis, OR 97339

Who We Are

Learn more about the
work and history of the
Coast Range Association.

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The Coast Range Association

The Oregon Coast Range is one of the greatest regions in the world. Its natural beauty and its bountiful resources are why we live here. They provide the pillars of the economy: income
brought by retirees, tourism, forestry and fishing. A great many artistic and creative people are attracted to our amazing region.

The Coast Range Association was formed in 1991. We work to defend the region's interests, protect its natural and cultural endowments and restore its rivers, wetlands and forests. As such, we are deeply committed to the stewardship of our natural resources.

A balanced concern for people and the land informs our mission: To build just and sustainable communities that provide for
people and the natural world

The Coast Range Association is recognized as a tax exempt 501c3 organization by the IRS and

is a nonprofit corporation chartered by the State of Oregon. Our purpose is to conduct reseach and generate scientificly based information designed to educate the public about important policies impacting the Coast Range region.

The Numbers Are Astounding:
A Colony Called Oregon

I thought I was immune to information shock regarding the timber industry, but when the numbers became clear I scratched my head and asked, "What the hell is going on with Oregon?" This is a report on Coast Range Association's (CRA) new work investigating forest ownership and taxation. Over the past several months I've asked a number of people if they were aware of the taxation facts we discovered. Not one said yes.
I write to explain what we discovered and what our future work will explore. As you read the key results from our research, you be the judge of its importance. Also, I ask that you renew support for CRA work because the knowledge gained is vital for building a just and sustainable Oregon.
Only your donations make this work possible.

The Timber Industry Transition to Tax Exempt Status
Anywhere from 65% to 90% of private forestland in each county in Western Oregon is owned by big corporate companies. We established that fact back in 1995 in the CRA's Gated Lands research. For the past twenty years there have been news stories of forest owners converting from ordinary corporate ownership to new entities called a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) or a Timber Investment Management Organization (TIMO). After Weyerhaeuser announced their conversion to a REIT and their acquisition of Plum Creek Timber, we wanted to know how much forestland was now REIT or TIMO controlled and what it all means.
The timber industry is a business of big corporate players. Some corporate owners are publicly traded, some are closely held and some are Limited Liability Corporations. What's now different is not the form of the business, but their status as a corporation exempt from federal income tax. Because we perform a public service, the Coast Range Association has IRS tax exempt status. Surprisingly, timber owning corporations can receive federal tax exempt status as a REIT if they pass on 90% of profits each year to investors. Or, a corporate forest TIMO's revenues are tax exempt because they place an investor's name on the title to the land.
Because Oregon tax law uses federal net income as the basis for stating Oregon income, the TIMOs and REITs don't pay state income tax on timber sale profits. Even if big timber does pay Oregon income tax, Oregon has the 45th lowest corporate income tax out of the 50 states. And, under federal tax law, a sizable percentage of investor profits from timber operations are taxed at the capital gains rate of only 15%.

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Brace for Impact

& Prepare for Action

Election Results Threaten
Our Economy & Forests

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Here's what they want to do:
Competitive Enterprise Institute's (CEI) document
Free to Prosper
(Free to Plunder is what we call it)

Click here: CEI Agenda for Congress 2017 - FINAL

Read the document and understand what we are up against.

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For news about the Northwest Forest Plan, the plans revision process(BLM & Forest Service) and the defense of the
Aquatic Conservation Strategy.


Key Documents for National
Forest Planning in the area of the
Northwest Forest Plan

2014 Aquatic Science Report


Guiding Forest Service Planning Rule
Land Management Planning Handbook
in one easy to read document.

2012 Planning Rule & PLANNING WORKBOOK

2013 Frissell ACS Report
Frissell 2013_ACS Report

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Google Earth views of the remaining old growth
and native forests on federal lands. Find out
exactly where the last big forest still stands tall: