Coast Range Association



CRA Coastal Program

Jim Carlson is the CRA's coastal
program manager. Jim will devote time
supporting the implementation of nearshore
marine reserves. We have prioritize
work on the Cascade Head, Cape Falcon
and Otter Rock marine reserves.

Jim is now visiting with coastal leaders,
conservation advocates and port related
stakeholders to hear your views and concerns.

Jim takes a special interest in Depoe Bay.
For the past several in years Jim he has
participated in the Nearshore Action Team's
Human Dimensions Workgroup.

In addition to the above work, Jim
looks forward to working with charter
operators and fishers along the coast
to improve market opportunities for marine
related businesses and thereby increase
community economic vitality.

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



The federal lands
aquatic science report

is now completed

After seven months of revisions, the Northwest Forest Plan - Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) science review paper is complete. The document is a major synthesis of the best available science regarding federal lands conservation and restoration for water quality, streams and rivers and the recovery of endangered aquatic species.

The total effort involved over one year of research, consultation and report writing by twelve
of the top scientific experts on federal lands
management and the aquatic science.

The report is titled
Conservation of Aquatic & Fishery Resources
in the Pacific Northwest: New Science Implications
for the Aquatic Conservation Strategy
of the Northwest Forest Plan.


On December 2nd and 3rd, 2013 a Coast Range Association sponsored science review panel met to assess new science relevant to the Northwest Forest Plan’s (NFP) Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS). Draft recommendations had been circulating in policy arenas and land management agencies arguing that new scientific research warrants reductions in stream protection. In turn, political leaders and agency managers interpreted various studies and offered proposals
for significant departures from the
Northwest Forest Plan and its ACS.

The publication of the final report is a major milestone.
We were not disappointed in the outcome. The report is the most significant statement to date about new science relevant to the Northwest Forest Plan and its Aquatic Conservation Strategy.

Here is a link to
the science review report:


 The tasks before the CRA are as follows:
1. Make the ACS report widely available.
2. Brief key political leaders and policy makers
on the report and its findings.
4. Educate community and conservation leaders
on the report's significance and findings.
3. Support peer reviewed science and policy papers
establishing the report's findings in published literature.

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

Here's my donation:


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

Here's the link:


Google Earth views of the remaining old growth and native forests on federal lands. Find out exactly where:


The Coast Range Association:

The Oregon and Washington 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, particularly along the coast. 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.