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.
Coast Range Association (CRA) leads
on a conservation community letter to the Secretary of Interior (BLM) and the Secretary of Agriculture (Forest Service).
Over the past two months, the CRA sponsored Aquatic Conservation Team drafted and circulated a letter to the Secretaries urging their careful consideration of any efforts to weaken aquatic protections in the area of the Northwest Forest Plan.
Re: High stakes of weakening the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan
Dear Secretary Vilsack
and Secretary Jewell:
Your predecessors’ signatures on the Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) of the Northwest Forest Plan broke new ground for federal forest management in 1994. Twenty years later–even with uneven and incomplete implementation–this strategy is largely responsible for higher quality aquatic habitats, enhanced water quality, sustenance of imperiled salmon and associated recreational and commercial fisheries, restoration of sediment and hydrologic regimes, increased floodwater retention, and countless other ecological and economic benefits that flow from healthy watersheds.
Yet despite its ecological successes, the ACS is under attack in Congress, state houses and county seats. The Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management, the land management agencies charged with its administration, are being pressured to dismantle or significantly weaken the ACS on the putative basis that its protections are excessive and needlessly deny rural communities the economic benefits of increased timber harvest.
We write to urge your careful consideration of the potential ecological impacts of eroding the ACS through your agencies’ land management planning processes, and call on you instead to validate and strengthen this approach on Pacific Northwest federal forests, providing a model for federal forests nationwide.
[Read the full letter]
Year End Update
On November 14, I attended a high level briefing at the Forest Service’s headquarters in Portland. Northwest Regional Forester, Jim Pena, and California Regional Forester, Randy Moore, were in the room. They were joined by no less than a dozen support staff.
The guests present were three conservation representatives, including me. Nine other conservation participants were video-linked from Forest Service offices in Eugene, Roseburg, Medford and Washington D.C. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss new forest plans for each of sixteen National Forests in the area of the Northwest Forest Plan.
The meeting began with two presentations. The first reported on what the agency intends to do, while the second spoke to the planning process. The presentations provided little information, but two things caught my attention. First, the agency will use the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) as a guide, but the Plan is to be abandoned–replaced by individual plans for each national forest. Secondly, the whole process will take two years and work is already 40% completed. I was stunned.
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Who is Healthy Forest-Healthy Communities?
Here is the official filing at the Oregon Secretary of State office: Go here
Healthy Forest - Healthy Communities (HF_HC). This is an astroturf front group for the American Forest Resource Council (AFRC) - a group that represents Oregon's lumber and timber elite.
The HF_HC group is listed on the Secretary of State's corporate registry as having Tom Partin (President) and Cindi Kaneshige (Secretary). Tom Partin is the President of the AFRC and Cindi Cindi Kaneshige is an "administrative assistant" at AFRC. Membership in the AFRC is open to "manufacturers and companies that work directly in or represent the forest products industry. Membership categories include: Manufacturers of lumber, plywood and other forest products, producers of logs, pilings, poles, pulpwood, chips and other forest products, forestland owners, law firms, consultants, bonding companies and insurance agencies that represent the forest products industry." See the link above for the official filing with the Oregon Secretary of State.
The HF-HC group apparently has removed a recent scandalous photo showing federal land that is clearcut next to private land that is a landscape of green forest. Just the opposite of the truth. The HF_HC website doesn't actually tell who is behind the group, where their money comes from or who governs the organization. A quick check on the Secretary of State's corporate registry reveals the truth about this astroturf group controlled from 5100 SW Macadam Ave in Portland.
Aquatic Science Report Has Impact
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.
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.
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.
(continue reading here)
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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: