Coast Range Association
program has made big
progress over the past six months. Our coastal
program manager, Jim Carlson, has worked to
organized commuity groups in support of new
nearshore marine reserves. Jim's focus has
been on the Cascade Head and Cape Falcon
marine reserves. Two community-based groups
have formed each supporting their respective
If you wish to know more about
the Friends of Cape Falcon or
the Friends of Cascade Head,
contact jim and he'll get you connected.
Each group is made up of knowledgable,
local community members and there are
many opportunities for volunteer service.
Jim's program and work is vitaly important
to the future of Oregon's coast. Please
consider a generous donation in support
of the CRA's coastal program.
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Who We Are
Learn more about the
work and history of the
Coast Range Association.
Here's the link:
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.
Aquatic Science Report
Has Big Impact
On August 29th, Senator Wyden quietly released a new version
of his federal forest bill. Gone was most of the Senator’s previous
aquatic conservation strategy (ACS). In its place was new aquatic
guidance starting with a brief paragraph saying the Northwest
Forest Plan’s (NWFP) current ACS will apply
to all lands in the bill.
The CRA sponsored science panel met December 2nd and 3rd,
2013. On March 31 of this year, we submitted the panel’s report
to the BLM and its science findings went public. On August 15th
the CRA released the science panel’s final report. While the
panel’s findings were consistent in both versions, the final
report was more powerful than the March version.
Over the spring and summer, the truth of what new science actually
says about federal stream and riparian forest protections became
known and has had an big impact. The report’s findings were
strongly at odds with Wyden’s earlier forest bill. The report
described how the bill would have undermined watershed
restoration and salmon recovery. The science panel report
has played a key role in changing the debate.
Why the science report had impact.
The science report organized powerful new research into
one understandable narrative. Some of that new science
came out of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),
the agency charged with restoring endangered Northwest
salmon. Missing was a big picture report addressing
major topics and then weaving scores of studies together
to support warranted conclusions. The donations of
CRA supporters in 2013 made it possible for the CRA
to sponsor the science panel and the writing
of the aquatic science report.
Given new science findings and the science panel’s report,
senior scientists voiced concern about the Senator’s
aquatic strategy. Key science advisers to the Senator saw
the wisdom in keeping the current ACS framework.
New research assessing timber harvest in riparian areas
has cast doubt on aggressive riparian thinning. The
research doesn’t support the notion that commercial
thinning helps advance stand growth for large wood
recruitment to streams–a key element in building
salmon habitat. If commercial thinning does not
produce expected stream benefits, this violates
the NWFP ACS because the ACS mandates timber
harvests not be neutral; they must positively contribute
to the goals of aquatic recovery. Currently, numerous
Forest Service and BLM timber harvests in rirparian
reserves are in violation of the ACS.
New Forest Plans are coming
Over the past ten years, we have had a serious problem
with BLM process to revise land management plans for its
five districts in Western Oregon. Now, the Forest Service
could be a bigger problem. In mid-August, high level
Forest Service staff announced that revisions to
each national forest will begin by early 2015.
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Read the Aquatic Science Report
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Please make a generous donation to
the CRA in order make the science
review paper's finding known.
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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: