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.
Even though the Coast Range Association (CRA) team has been confined to our homes for the past eight months, we’ve been hard at work. On January 5th, we will release our most important proposal since the CRA’s 1993 Coast Range Biodiversity Conservation Plan. The document is titled Climate and Oregon’s Industrial Forests: A Green New Deal Proposal (GND). No similar forest proposal exists that scales to the climate emergency and concurrently achieves the just transition goals mandated by the GND (House Resolution-109). Visit our website to get an exclusive early look at the proposal.
All of us at the Coast Range Association send our well wishes as we move through the anticipation of the final months of 2020. This year has been unprecedented in many ways, but we continue to fight for action on climate change, working to ensure our communities and the Oregon Coast are prepared during these times of change. We ask that you forward this newsletter to your friends and family across Oregon. With your help we can build informed and engaged communities that act on behalf of our coast!