Coast Range

P.O. Box 2250

Corvallis, OR 97339


Chuck Willer

Administrative Director


Jim Carlson

Coastal & Marine Program


Chris Frissell

Sponsored Scientist


CRA Board of Directors

Judy Myers


Marie Cole

Vice President

David Radtke


Tom Petruscish

Yoko Silk

Alex Lackey


CRA History:
Twenty five years of service
and success.

1990 - Coast Range Association Founded

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

Received the Grassroots Conservation Organization of the Year award from
the Oregon Natural Resource Council (Oregon Wild).

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 the 700,000+ acres of state forest within the
Coast Range region.

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

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 Oregon's 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.

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

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.

Opened the Coast Range Association web site

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

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.

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

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 financed 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 as 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.

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 BLM that its planning process called the Western Oregon Plans Revision (WOPR-I) was in error. In 2008, the Obama administration set the WOPR plans aside admitting the plan was based on politically contrived science.


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 allowing the public to view where native forest exists on federal lands. We 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

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 new economic perspectives.


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

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.


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.


Our work focused on the defense of the Northwest Forest Plan. Our long history with salmon and stream conservation required us to lead in the defence of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan. We engaged Dr. Chris Frissell to advance the best available science into public discourse and agency deliberations.

One 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 report laid the basis for convening a science panel of best available scientists to assess new science relevant to the ACS of the Northwest Forest Plan.

In December we sponsored the science panel of leading aqutic scientists. We asked the scientists to assess new science relative to the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan.


On March 31 we submitted the science review panel's findings to the BLM as public comment on the BLM's new WOPR-II planning effort.

On August 15th, the final report of the aquatic science review panel was publicly released. Titled Conservation of Aquatic and Fishery Resources in the Pacific Northwest: Implications of New Science for the Aquatic Conservation Strategy of the Northwest Forest Plan, the report can be download here: ACS Report

Starting April 1st, Jim Carlson became the CRA's full time coastal staff person working to implement Oregon's new marine reserve system and support small coastal fishers and charter operators. For the past six months we have worked to organize a new marine reserve coalition for coastal Oregon's marine reserves. That coalition will formely be announced in October as the Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership.

The CRA through jims work helped form two coastal community groups supporting marine reserve implementation: The Friends of Cascade Head and Friends of Cape Falcon.


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