A Just Transition for Oregon’s Forests

September 15, 2020General, News

This bears repeating, Coast Range forests are some of the best forests in the world, per acre, at storing carbon. In light of this fact, any proposal that takes on the climate crisis in Oregon must include a bold new vision for the private industrial forest estate.

Demand the Oregon Global Warming Commission act at the scale and urgency of the climate crisis

July 24, 2020General, News

In March 2020, Governor Brown issued Executive Order (EO) 20-04 requiring state agencies to develop strategies to prevent the most serious, catastrophic impacts of climate change. EO 20-04 calls on agencies to exercise their authority to assist in achieving a reduction in climate change-causing greenhouse gas emissions and address historical injustices by helping impacted and vulnerable communities to adapt to climate change. But are Oregon’s state agencies doing enough?

CRA research leads to major OPB/Oregonian/ProPublica exposé

June 26, 2020General, News

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.

CRA in the news: “Beyond the Covid-19 pandemic, a much larger crisis looms, climate change.”

May 27, 2020General, News

“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.”

What the Coronavirus response reveals about solving the climate crisis

March 27, 2020General, News

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.”

Chuck to present March 13 and 16 on Western Oregon in the Era of Climate Change

February 27, 2020General, News

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.

CRA News – BLM Appeal, Forest Ballot Measures, and the Climate Crisis

October 15, 2019General, News

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

Big Timber’s House of Glass & the Climate Crisis

August 27, 2019General, News

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

New Website and Staff at the Coast Range Association

June 10, 2019General, News

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

First the Big News

February 7, 2019General

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

Challenging Wall Street Forestry

February 7, 2019General

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