Coast Range Association




Progress on the Coast

The CRA's coastal program has made big
progress over the past six months. 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.

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.

Jim's program and work is vitaly important
to the future of Oregon's coast. Please
consider a generous donation in support
of the CRA's coastal program.

donate here:

CRA Contact Information

Chuck Willer

Phone: 541-231-6651


Jim Carlson

Phone: 503-801-5538


Who We Are

Learn more about the
work and history of the
Coast Range Association.

Here's the link:


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.



Federal Forest Quick Links:

Register Guard Opinion Piece November 20, 2014
Go Here

Text & key maps of Senator Wyden's Bill
Go here

2014 Science Report on the Aquatic Conservation Strategy

Donate to keep our important work going
Donate here


Aquatic Science Report Has Impact

The CRA sponsored science panel met December 2nd and 3rd,
2013. On March 31 of this year, we submitted the panel’s report
to the BLM and its science findings went public. On August 15th
the CRA released the science panel’s final report.

The science report organized powerful new research into
one understandable narrative. Some of that new science
came out of the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS),
the agency charged with restoring endangered Northwest
salmon. Missing was a big picture report addressing
major topics and then weaving scores of studies together
to support warranted conclusions. The donations of
CRA supporters in 2013 made it possible for the CRA
to sponsor the science panel and the writing
of the aquatic science report.

New research assessing timber harvest in riparian areas
has cast doubt on aggressive riparian thinning. The
research doesn’t support the notion that commercial
thinning helps advance stand growth for large wood
recruitment to streams–a key element in building
salmon habitat. If commercial thinning does not
produce expected stream benefits, this violates
the NWFP ACS because the ACS mandates timber
harvests not be neutral; they must positively contribute
to the goals of aquatic recovery
Currently, numerous
Forest Service and BLM timber harvests in rirparian
reserves are in violation of the ACS.

New Forest Plans are coming

Over the past ten years, we have had a serious problem
with BLM process to revise land management plans for its
five districts in Western Oregon. Now, the Forest Service
could be a bigger problem
. In mid-August, high level
Forest Service staff announced that revisions to
each national forest will begin by early 2015.
(continue reading here)

Read the Aquatic Science Report

Here's the link to report:


Please make a generous donation to
the CRA in order make the science
review paper's finding known.

Here's my donation:



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: