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!
Our hearts go out to everyone impacted by the recent wildfires. We hope all are getting the support they need and continue to stay healthy and engaged during these difficult times. Oregon Coast Ocean News is here to keep you informed on the most important coastal news and events. We continue to highlight important work and research from our many partners on Oregon’s marine reserves and the current and future impacts of climate change on our coast and communities. We also share many ways to become involved and stay connected to coastal conservation and stewardship.
Our hearts go out to the thousands of Oregonians tragically impacted by the Labor Day east wind fires. With over one million acres burned, hundreds of structures destroyed, ten people dead and tens of thousands of people evacuated, the fire impact to Western Oregon is unprecedented.
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.