As the spring 2021 Oregon legislative session comes to a close, we are asking for your help to get an important bill across the finish line.
HB 2357-B, the OFRI Forest Bill, is currently on Senate President Peter Courtney’s desk after passing the House and is awaiting referral.
On January 21, the Coast Range Association (CRA) unveiled our most ambitious proposal to date.
Titled Climate and Industrial Forests: A Green New Deal Proposal, the analysis and recommendations call for replacing Wall Street forest ownership with new, social-benefit enterprises grounded in local communities. Driven by facts of the climate crisis, responding to multiple social and economic problems and guided by House Resolution 109-the Green New Deal (GND), the proposal was written in strong, truthful language. Our effort resulted in a significant contribution to the global climate movement.
It’s spring and there are many exciting educational events, trainings and action items for folks to support on the coast! CRA’s Ocean News is your curated source for all things conservation and climate on the Oregon Coast.
In March, the Coast Range Association partnered up with the Audubon Society of Lincoln City (ASLC) to produce two videos for their proposed Marine Conservation Area (MCA) designations for Cape Foulweather and Cape Lookout. Watch and learn more about these two beautiful sites ASLC submitted for addition to the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy inventory of rocky habitats.
On January 15, we released our Climate and Oregon’s Industrial Forests: A Green New Deal Proposal. Over the last month we have spoken with many enthusiastic Green New Deal (GND) supporters across Oregon. We are now in the process of sending the document to key regional and national climate leaders, including members of Congress. Not long after releasing the GND & industrial forests plan, the beginnings of an emergent grassroots support network appeared.
Today, the Cost Range Association (CRA) released our groundbreaking Climate and Oregon’s Industrial Forests: A Green New Deal Proposal. The proposal responds to a call by Congressional leaders for proposals related to the Green New Deal (GND) framework of House Resolution 109. Our proposal calls for vastly increasing stored forest carbon on corporate-owned industrial forests while providing social benefits to forest workers and rural communities.
All of us at the Coast Range Association appreciate the important advocacy work many individuals and organizations conduct along the length of the coast. Despite the hardships, 2020 was a strong year for coastal and nearshore conservation. But much work remains.
With nearshore rocky habitat planning and protection, continued opposition to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal and the scientific assessment and public policy analysis of restoring and protecting a healthy sea otter population in Oregon, 2021 offers exciting opportunities.