Coast Range Association



CRA Coastal Program

Jim Carlson is the CRA's coastal
program manager. Jim will devote time
supporting the implementation of nearshore
marine reserves. We have prioritize
work on the Cascade Head, Cape Falcon
and Otter Rock marine reserves.

Jim is now visiting with coastal leaders,
conservation advocates and port related
stakeholders to hear your views and concerns.

Jim takes a special interest in Depoe Bay.
For the past several in years Jim he has
participated in the Nearshore Action Team's
Human Dimensions Workgroup.

In addition to the above work, Jim
looks forward to working with charter
operators and fishers along the coast
to improve market opportunities for marine
related businesses and thereby increase
community economic vitality.

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.

donate here:

CRA Contact Information


Chuck Willer

Phone: 541-231-6651



Jim Carlson

Phone: 503-801-5538



Aquatic Science Review Panel Report:
Conservation of Aquatic & Fishery Resources
in the Pacific Northwest: New Science Implications
for the Aquatic Conservation Strategy
of the Northwest Forest Plan.



“The science review panel concluded that the weight of scientific knowledge strongly favors increasing, not decreasing, protections for streams and rivers on federal forestlands of the Pacific Northwest. The panel identified new lines of research and emerging environmental issues, such as climate change, that are routinely neglected in agency decisions and ignored in legislative proposals. Continuing disregard for scientifically-known risks poses serious and potentially permanent harm to forest ecosystems as well as water and fishery resources.”

Chris Frissell


On December 2nd and 3rd, 2013 an independent science review panel met to assess new science relevant to the Northwest Forest Plan’s (NFP) Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS). Draft recommendations had been circulating in policy arenas and land management agencies arguing that new scientific research warrants reductions in stream protection. In turn, political leaders and agency managers interpreted various studies and offered proposals for significant departures from the NFP and its ACS.

The Coast Range Association was interested to know 1) whether the best available science warrants changes to the twenty-year old ACS, and; 2) how we might evaluate the merits of emerging land management proposals by political leaders and agency managers.

We were not disappointed in the outcome. The panel's report is the most significant statement to date about the Northwest Forest Plan's Aquatic Conservation Strategy.

On March 31st, version 2.4 of the report was received by the Coast Range Association. We promptly submitted the report to the BLM in time for public comment on the agency’s Proposed Planning Criteria for its Resource Management Plans Revision (WOPR) process.

Since March 31st, numerous revisions and addition from scientists were incorporated into the report. Now on July 14th the final report is complete. The document has been sent off for designed and typeset. Stand by for the an announcement that the final report is available to the public. The panel’s next goal is to submit one or more report-related papers for publication in peer reviewed journals.


 The tasks before us are as follows:
1. Publish the science panel's final report.
2. Make the panel's findings widely known.
3. Support peer reviewed science and policy papers
establishing the findings in published literature.

Make a gennerous donation to publicize the
findings of the Aquatic Science Review Panel.

Here's my donation:


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

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Google Earth views of the remaining old growth and native forests on federal lands. Find out exactly where:


The Coast Range Association:

The Oregon and Washington 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, particularly along the coast. 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.