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 goal is to complete a draft document by the end of September. Our guide for this work will be HR-109 – the Ocasio-Cortez sponsored GND resolution. We are assembling a small team to develop the proposal. All during the two years I made community presentations challenging Wall Street forestry, people asked for a solution. That solution, in whatever form it takes, must be centered on the climate crisis. Through this GND proposal we will show that forests cannot be the forgotten solution.
 
None of our GND or challenging Wall Street forestry work is funded by foundations. Only your donations of $10, $25 or whatever you can afford will make it happen. Make a donation today. It’s an investment in the future.

We are also excited to announce that this summer we are starting Coast Range Radio – a monthly talk show about our most important work. We recorded the first show this month at KEPW’s studios, 97.3 FM, in Eugene. Our first set of programs will discuss our Wall Street forestry work. People are hungry for the information we have developed and community radio is a great venue to get the word out. Our August newsletter will have links to our first program. As they say “Stay tuned for news!”
 
This past week the journal Science published a major report on the role of forest growth to combat climate change (Bastin et al., Science 365, 76–79 (2019) 5 July 2019). The report’s abstract states:
 
“The restoration of trees remains among the most effective strategies for climate change mitigation. We mapped the global potential tree coverage to show that 4.4 billion hectares of canopy cover could exist under the current climate. Excluding existing trees and agricultural and urban areas, we found that there is room for an extra 0.9 billion hectares of canopy cover, which could store 205 gigatonnes of carbon in areas that would naturally support woodlands and forests. This highlights global tree restoration as our most effective climate change solution to date.”
 
Wow, this is big news! Imagine the impact if we let the millions of acres of Oregon’s young tree farms grow beyond their current average age. That is part of what our GND proposal will explore. But what if we take no action? The report goes on to state:
 
“However, climate change will alter this potential tree coverage. We estimate that if we cannot deviate from the current trajectory, the global potential canopy cover may shrink by ~223 million hectares by 2050, with the vast majority of losses occurring in the tropics. Our results highlight the opportunity of climate change mitigation through global tree restoration but also the urgent need for action.”
 
Here’s the take away: forests are a major solution to the climate crisis. But, if we fail to act and stay “on our current trajectory” we won’t just miss an opportunity — the future will get even warmer as current forests of the tropics die.
 
As you can see we are in a race against time. And we’ll be working hard throughout the summer to prepare a GND proposal for Western Oregon’s forests. Our forests and communities play an important role in addressing climate change, but only if we demand that forests are not the forgotten solution. Your support will allow us to do this work.
 
A better world is possible.
 
Chuck Willer


Upcoming CRA Events

The Ocean & Climate Change Presentations
Key Coastal Issues & New Information
 
July Event:
 
What: Chuck Willer of the Coast Range Association presents a brief overview of the Ocean & Climate Change
Where: Bay City Arts Center
When: Wednesday, July 17 – 6:30PM
 
August Event:
 
What: Chuck Willer of the Coast Range Association presents a brief overview of the Ocean & Climate Change
Where: St. James/Santiago Episcopal Church
2490 NE Highway 101 Lincoln City Oregon 97367
When: Wednesday, August 14 – 6:30PM
 
Chuck’s presentations are free and open to the public and promise to be timely and informative for all coastal residents.
 
Chuck’s presentations will review:
  1. What’s new in the 4th National Climate Assessment? And, what new information on Ocean impacts is now available? Recently, leading scientists issued a global warning that nations have 12 years (now eleven) to change course or else we face possible runaway atmospheric warming. What does this mean? Chuck will provide a lay person’s explanation with a focus on sea level rise and ocean acidification and their potential impact on coastal communities.
  2. In the past year dramatic new political events have occurred addressing global climate change. Nationally, 91 Senators and House members have signed on in support of a Green New Deal climate proposal. Internationally, a vibrant climate-focused youth movement has arisen. Young people are increasingly alarmed about their future prospects. What is the Green New Deal and what are the issues the youth movement demand be addressed?
  3. A question and answer period after Chuck’s brief presentation will allow the public an opportunity ask questions and share views. The Coast Range Association wants to know what you believe are solutions equal to the crisis? Let’s talk.
 
For further information contact Jim Carlson (503) 801-5538 Email: jim@coastrange.org.
 

Signup for CRA’s Ocean News

In addition to the general CRA monthly newsletter we are excited to begin a new coast and ocean newsletter called Ocean News. The first year of the newsletter is funded by the Lazar Foundation. Ocean News will range afield highlighting changing ocean conditions due to a warming climate and, more importantly, how a changing ocean will impact Oregon’s coastal communities. Additionally, Ocean News will report on research occurring within Oregon’s nearshore Marine Reserves and other news relevant to coastal communities. Everything from coastal fisheries to home values will be impacted by changing ocean conditions. In a tight, summary fashion – Ocean News will deliver news you won’t want to miss.
 
Here is the link for the Ocean News signup: https://coastrange.org/sign-up-for-our-newsletter/.

Thank You for Your Support!

Thank you for taking the time to read the Coast Range Association’ monthly newsletter. As the CRA recasts our work with a Climate Crisis frame, your support is essential in ensuring that Oregon’s Coast Range and ocean is at the vanguard of the solutions for a better future.
 
Please consider donating to the Coast Range Association. CRA recently hired a new staff member to expand our capacity. Your donation will ensure that Oregon’s forest and coastal communities join the fight to stop the climate crisis and lead the way in creating sustainable natural resource based communities.