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
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.

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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 plans 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

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
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2013 Frissell ACS Report
Frissell 2013_ACS Report


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Google Earth views of the remaining old growth
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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