Coast Range Association




Progress on the Coast

The CRA's coastal program continues to make progress.
Jim Carlson works in support of north coast community group 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. In January, the Cape Falcon Friends group held two celebrations of the reserve - one in Manzanita and one in Cannon Beach.

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.

The Coast Range Association is a member of the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership

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.


BLM Final Plan Unchanged

New Strategy Needed:
Wall Street forestry must be challenged


A new strategy of work is required. One that directly challenges what we believe prevents proper federal lands stewardship and, at the same time, locks far too many communities into depressed economic conditions and dysfunctional county governments. It seems like we’re dealing with a never-ending stream of sick people when, in fact, the village water supply is polluted. What’s Oregon’s forest problem? Do we have a polluted well?

To understand Oregon’s timber politics requires peeling away several political layers. From counties attacking federal land management to many rural residents embracing irrational ideologies, extreme property rights views, and paranoid hate talk we believe one set of actors determine Oregon’s rural economic and political landscape–the giant timber-land owners representing Wall Street investors.

Read about our : New Strategy of Work


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Coast Range Association
submits compelling bibliography of
aquatic science to the Forest Service Science Synthesis.

Aquatic science questions included

Science Synthesis Explained


Download the bibliography, science questions
and Science Syntheis explained here:

(Go to the document)


Read the Coast Range Association Year End Report:

Defending the Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS)
of the Northwest Forest Plan(NWFP)



(Here's the link to the report)


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


Now available: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) official comments on the BLM's draft forest plans(DEIS) .

NMFS comments validate
CRA sponsored science panel conclusions

BLM plan in trouble over the
Aquatic Conservation Strategy


Link to the comments:

NMFS: 2015_08-21_BLM DEIS RMP Comments


"Unexplained in the [BLM's] DEIS is the scientific basis for concluding
that the proposed, substantially smaller Riparian Reserves and the
proposed increased timber harvest activities within the smaller
Reserves are sufficient for the needs of salmon and other riparian-
dependent species. The Riparian Reserves created by the Northwest
Forest Plan (USDA and USDI 1994) were developed by a broad group
of scientists and reflected the general scientific consensus at the time
as to the level of protection needed for the recovery of salmon over a
100-year time frame and was considered by the federal courts to be the
“bare minimum” necessary for the recovery of salmon. Several Riparian
Reserve options proposed at that time were more protective than the
current proposed BLM DEIS Reserves but were rejected as
inadequate. Since that time, the scientific consensus has not changed,
and available evidence suggests that implementation of the
"NWFP has in fact resulted in slowly improving habitat conditions for
salmonids (see recent review in Frissell et al. 2014). The DEIS is
(implicitly) making an extraordinary claim; that the FEMAT science team
(and the Federal courts) were in error, and that up to 81% of the
existing Riparian Reserve network can be opened for substantially
increased levels of timber harvest (i.e. the Preferred Alternative B), with
little effect on salmon and other riparian-dependent species and the
habitat upon which they depend. It is an axiom in science that
extraordinary claims require extraordinary proof, yet the DEIS provides
little data or even logical cohesion in support of this extraordinary shift
in fundamental scientific assumptions."


Full CRA Comments

on the BLM's Draft
Resource Management Plans

Environmental Impact Statement

For a quick read we have placed

abridged CRA comments here:
BLM Update

Download Part 1 here:

Part 1_CRA DEIS_comments

Download Part 2 here:

Part 2_CRA DEIS_comments

Download Part 3 here:

Part 3_CRA DEIS_comments



Key Documents for 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


Sign-on letter to the Secretaries
of Agriculture and Interior:

High stakes of weakening the
Aquatic Conservation Strategy
of the Northwest Forest Plan
Here's the link:



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: