Northwest federal lands:
Our last big native forests

A pillar of our work for the past 28 years has been to defend the last big, carbon-dense forests of the Coast Range and Western Oregon.

This work involved defending the Northwest Forest Plan for national forests and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). These lands are where the last big old growth and native forests reside.

Today, in light of the climate crisis, it is more important than ever to keep the big trees standing.

We must keep the big trees standing. Don’t let forests be the forgotten solution to climate change.

Our work consists of three parts:

Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS)

Our region's high rainfall and wet forests require a special focus on protecting streams and watersheds. We have been the lead organization working on ensuring all federal forests create new forest plans under the guidance of the Aquatic Conservation Strategy (ACS) adopted by the Northwest Forest Plan. In 2014 we sponsored an independent Science Panel of aquatic scientists to review the best available science. Their report was published by the Coast Range Association. Visit our ACS page and download key reports and documents.

BLM Forest Planning

For over sixteen years we have worked on ensuring the new forest plans for the BLM's lands meet the standards set forth in the Northwest Forest Plan. We are currently in federal court over the agency's latest forest plan.

U.S. Forest Service Planning

Starting with the 2012 Planning Rule, the Forest Service began to create new forest plans for all forests in the US. Our work focuses on new forest plans for all national forests in the area of the Northwest Forest Plan. To date we have participated in the planning process at every step. Of special concern is the new forest plan for the Siuslaw National Forest.

Support the CRA's Work on Behalf of Forests & Water

Working to protect forests is very much about water. If the forest is managed right the streams will tell us.

Forests & Climate Change

Northwest forests must play a vital role in limiting climate change. Keeping the big trees standing is more vital then ever. Growing larger forests is one part of a climate crisis solution.

How You Can Help

A Better World Is Possible

A new forestry and a new rural economy is possible. Help us find practical solutions that bring people together.