For decades, the CRA has unwaveringly spoke truth to power and educated Oregonian’s about the true nature of Oregon’s timber industry. Our Executive Director, Chuck Willer, has given countless community presentations across Western Oregon speaking about the timber industry’s tax avoidance, abandonment of rural communities, lost forest production, and Wall Street owners shipping profits to the wealthy investor class.
“The coronavirus pandemic has laid bare a key feature of our economic system – markets and politics-as-usual fail to provide for people and the planet. We learned a similar lesson in Oregon regarding the timber industry’s influence over Salem. Whether it’s the economy, the global climate, or Oregon’s Wall Street dominated forest lands – we must demand justice in response to climate change and insist on sufficient federal funding.”
We need to work harder than ever to ensure that this moment of intense change across the US and Oregon results in a better world for people. We must seize this opportunity to shine a light on the inner workings of the economic system and bring about a much needed just transition. As stated in a recent article by James K. Galbraith about responding to the Coronavirus: “Through it all, the people must be reassured. Those at home must be cared for. And those who remain healthy must be given useful work. Solidarity, organization, determination: These are the words for us now.”
For three years Chuck Willer has been speaking in Oregon communities about rural land ownership, taxation, and forest management. With a deep critique of forestry as practiced by large Wall Street landowners, Chuck outlines the political economic realities that impact rural lives and landscapes. Today, a warming climate is now recognized as a crisis requiring immediate action. Only one proposal exists adequate to the climate challenge and that proposal is the Green New Deal.
2019 was a landmark year for the Coast Range Association, and our success is directly because of our amazing supporters, volunteers, and members. Without you, none of the path-breaking work of the Coast Range Association is possible. Thank you.
I write to provide a year-end Coast Range Association (CRA) report, describe visionary future work and ask for your help. It’s time for everyone to get involved. 2020 is going to be a wild ride. Hold on to your hat! Here’s my report
Climate Change & the Green New Deal
Join us for Chuck’s new talk. Hosted by Lincoln County Community Rights through their Community Rights Action series.
When: Thursday, November 21, 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Where: 2314 N Coast Hwy 101, Newport, Atonement Lutheran Church.
The Coast Range Association with eight other plaintiffs appeal in federal court BLM’s 2016 Forest Plan The Coast Range Association and eight other plaintiffs (Pacific Rivers lead plaintiff) filed an appeal in our lawsuit against the BLM’s Western Oregon Management Plans. Kristen L. Boyles and Jaimini Parekh of Earthjustice and Susan Jane M. Brown of … Read More
Dear Friends, For the past twenty years, Oregon’s lumber barons have been throwing stones at the Northwest Forest Plan. They’re mad because cheap federal timber is no longer available to feed their desire for profits. Because federal timber revenues are shared with counties, some county officials hurl stones at the NWFP for not cutting … Read More
Dear Friends, The summer is in full swing and we are hard at work. Our top news is that we are committed to outlining a Green New Deal (GND) proposal for Western Oregon’s forests. This will be hard work, but the climate won’t wait – seas are rising and the Earth is warming. Our … Read More
Dear Friends, 2019 is turning into a huge year for the Coast Range Association (CRA). We have new staff capacity, a new website, and ground-breaking research ready to roll. For the past five months we have recast all our programs in light of the climate emergency. Going forward, our focus will be on how … Read More
The Coast Range Association (CRA) is hiring for a communications and development staff position. Even though we’ve built ever more powerful information and insights over the past six years, from the Independent Aquatics Science Panel report to startling information on corporate forestry’s tax avoidance, we haven’t kept up with information technologies to reach the broader … Read More
For the past months, I’ve been re-visiting Oregon’s forestland taxation. How did corporate forest owners politically engineer their way out of paying taxes? How bad is the tax avoidance? How exactly do forestland and timber harvest taxes work? After studying multiple state reports that explain Oregon’s property taxes in general and forests taxes in particular, … Read More
The flip of the House of Representative to the opposition party will hopefully provide a brake on Trump’s most egregious policies. The election signaled voter disapproval of the Republican’s wholesale support for the Trump regime and the party’s know-nothing approach to reality. But the federal political situation is a bigger story than I can visit … Read More
When powerful economic interests are threatened, scientists take an exceedingly cautious approach to their work. This is seen in research on toxics where big chemical companies bully and intimidate scientists. And we see it in climate science where an army of bullies and deniers await each science report. One outcome of hostile politics is that … Read More