Coast Range Association (CRA)

P.O. Box 2250

Corvallis, OR 97339

541-231-6651

 

Chuck Willer

Director

 

Chris Frissell

Sponsored Scientist

 

CRA Board of Directors

Judy Myers

President

Marie Cole

Vice President

David Radtke

Treasurer

Jim Carlson

North Coast Program Manager

Tom Petruscish

Yoko Silk

Alex Lackey

 


CRA History:
Twenty four years of service
and success.

1990 - Coast Range Association Founded

1991
Produced the Coast Range Biodiversity Conservation Plan developed by Dr. Reed Noss.

1992
Received the Grassroots Conservation Organization of the Year award from
the Oregon Natural Resource Council.

1990-1995
We worked to secure protections for federal forests with an emphasis on
the conservation of remaining native forests, streams and watershed values. Since 1995 we have worked hard to defend and improve the Northwest Forest Plan and it's Aquatic Conservation Strategy.


1991 -2004

During this period the CRA was a conservation leader in efforts to secure an ecologically robust forest plan for 700,000+ acres of state forest within the Coast Range region.


1995
Published Gated Lands a report on the ownership of Coast Range private lands.


1997
Established leadership in Northwest private forestry reform and watershed protection.


We led efforts to overturn a National Marine Fisheries Service decision denying Endangered Species Act protection for the coastal coho. A federal court ruled in our favor and the coastal coho was listed in 1997 just as the best available science recommended.


We research and published Coastal Salmon Recovery: An Assessment of Watershed Councils.

The CRA supported the establishment of the Oregon Plan and the development of many watershed councils in the Coast Range region.

1998
We organized watershed advocates in Coast Range watershed councils and
published Strategically Approaching Salmon Protection in Coastal Watersheds:
A Guidance Manual for Watershed Resident
.

1999
Completed a forestry exhibit comparing the performance of short 45 year indistrial forestry and a long rotation 145 year forest management. Our findings were published in a booklet titled Forests That Work. Our conclusions called for a new community-based forestry.

We developed the Watershed Rapid Assessment Manual for use by local watershed protection activists.

2000
Opened the Coast Range Association web site www.coastrange.org

2001
Published Salmon & Forestry: A Report on Oregons Coastal Watersheds and
the Need for Forestry Reform
. This report publicly revealed for the first time hundreds of agency stream habitat surveys that document the terrible habitat conditions found in coastal streams. We demonstrated that the higher the percentage of a watershed managed by Wall Street owners the worse off were stream habitat conditions.

2002
In partnership with the Native Fish Society we published Salmon & Survival: Why Native & Hatchery Salmon are Different.

We researched, wrote and published Drinking From The Tillamook Rainforest:
A report on water quality and forest management in Northwest Oregon's state owned rainforests
. This report was part of a coalition effort to secure permanent state forest protections.

2003
We published Case Statement on Forestry Reform. The document provided analysis of forestry economics, silviculture, and law required for sustainable forestry.

2004
Published The Economics of Forestry an article that explains the management driver of large industrial forestland owners - return on equity. The Economics of Forestry completed a six year program of analysis exploring the difficulties inherent in Wall Street financial forestry for conserving ecological values. From this period of work we determined that local community owned forests are the most likely path to a conservation forestry.

We worked at part of the Tillamook Rainforest Coalition in support of Ballot Measure 34 - a citizen initative to secure permanent protection for 50% of
the Tillamook and Clatsopt State Forests. The measure failed to pass.

2005
Committed the CRA to organizing local community forest organizations as an alternative to conventional forestry
. Thus began a three year effort to create the Oregon Coast Community Forest Association (OCCFA). Here is the the link to the OCCFA

2004 to 2008
The Coast Range Association vigorously worked to convince the Bush Adminstration that its planning process called the Western Oregon Plans Revision (WOPR) was in error. In 2008, the Obama administration set the WOPR plans aside admitting the plan was based on politically contrived science.

2006

The CRA became the first organization in the Northwest to use Google Earth to view Forest Service and BLM stand data. We built KLM files to view the stand data. We have converted all of the native forest stands on BLM lands into KML files and published the files for viewing in Google Earth. We then buit a special website for this effort and it remains active today. See http://coastrange.org/wordpress/

2008
The CRA conceived and managed the production of An Ecological Economics Approach to Understanding Oregon’s Coastal Economy and Environment. Paula Swedeen was lead author and the report was published by the Audubon Society of Portland. This was our first major contribution to a new approach in coastal resource management, an approach grounded in community and a new economic perspective.

2009

The CRA developed a community presentation on the financial crisis. Themes of equity, ownership, and finance that animate our forest products industry are revealed to have relevance to other sectors of the economy.

2006-2012
The CRA embarks on a coastal program highlighting the land-sea connection. We worked to secure a network of marine reserves along Oregon's state owned coastal marine waters. In 2012 the state of Oregon established a network of six nearshore marine reserves.

2009-2012

CRA Director Chuck Willer worked with an international team of scientists
to address integrated land-sea conservation planning. This effort resulted in a major global review paper published in the Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.

2013

Our work focused on federal forests and the defense of the Northwest Forest Plan. A crisis in county funding has brought forth the greatest threat to the Northwest Forest Plan since its inception. Our long history with salmon and stream conservation requires us to lead in the defence of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. We have engaged Dr. Chris Frissell to advance the best available science into public discourse and agency deliberations.

An outcome of Dr. Frissell's work is the August, 2013 release of a science
report titled Aquatic Resource Protections in the Northwest Forest Plan: Evaluating Potential Consequences of Proposed Riparian Reserve Reductions for Clean Water, Streams and Fish. The full report is
available on the home page of this website.

2014

In December of 2013 we convened a science panel of leading aqutic scientists. We asked the scientists to weigh in on the best available science relative to the Aquatic Conservation Strategy. What does new science suggest for aquatic protections offered in the Northwest Forest Plan. We currently await a report on the panel's findings. When published we will work to communicate the panel's findings to the public, policy makers and political leaders.

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