Coast Range Association


Progress on the Coast

The CRA's coastal program has made
progress this past year. 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 marine reserve.

On July 18, the friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve held a great celebration of their marine reserve at Knight Park on the Salmon River. The Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve recently hired a coordinator to assist with local organizing and outreach.

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.

Cascade Head
Marine Reserve
Management Plan

Cape Perpetua and the Cascade Head
Marine Reserves will shortly see their draft Management Plans from ODF&W. The Coast Range Association has
assembled a background briefing document for the Cascade Head Marine Reserve. You can download the document here:

Background material for the Cascade Head
Marine Reserve Management Plan.

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.

Here's the link:




For a quick read we have placed

abridged BLM comments here:
BLM Update


Full CRA Comments

on the BLM's Draft
Resource Management Plans

Environmental Impact Statement

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

Proposed BLM Plans and
the Fate of Northwest Forests

These are momentous times as federal agencies work to replace Bill Clinton’s historic Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP).  This report explains the proposed BLM forest plans and the Coast Range Association’s (CRA) work to ensure the legacy of clean water, wild salmon and healthy watersheds. 

BLM Forest Plans

In April, the CRA received the BLM’s Draft Environmental
Impact Statement
(DEIS) stating their proposed Resource Management Plans. At 1,506 pages, the document presents their latest effort to manage 2.4 million acres of Oregon forest. All federal planning requires a range
of alternatives, and the DEIS offers seven alternatives. One alternative
will be chosen by early 2016.

In 2008, the BLM’s first plans went down in flames due to the Bush administration’s tampering with the science. The latest BLM proposal appears to offer older forest protections but goes off the rail on protections for wild salmon and watersheds (aquatics). The BLM is straightforward about what they intend to do–increase timber cutting and abandon the Northwest Forest Plan (NWFP) and its Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS). Here is why we believe the agency is in serious error.
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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:



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