Our Land

Crag supports community efforts to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy because we believe that everyone should have a say in how local land is developed. We protect farmland, forestland, and local communities from industries and developers that would negatively affect local people and places. We help community members enforce land use laws to fight for the things that matter to their quality of life.

In this blog series, we focus on the issues that shape land use work Crag does to uphold the values of Oregonians and Washingtonians.

 

A Modern Day Circuit Rider: Meriel Darzen, 1000 Friends of Oregon

A Modern Day Circuit Rider: Meriel Darzen, 1000 Friends of Oregon

If Meriel Darzen were born 200 years ago, she would be riding around the countryside on horses for her job as with 1,000 Friends. Her work is inspired by the circuit rider attorneys of the 1800s who used to ride horses around in rural areas to hold court in each...

How the Coastal Law Project Helps Communities

How the Coastal Law Project Helps Communities

In my last post for Our Land, I talked about the Oregon Beach Bill and how it safeguarded public access to all Oregon beaches 50 years ago. You’ll remember that many Oregonians worked together to get the Oregon Beach Bill passed. This Beach Bill work then sparked more...

How the Oregon Beach Bill Passes Down a Legacy

How the Oregon Beach Bill Passes Down a Legacy

Crag interns David Edelman, Rachel Meche, Ka'sha Bernard, Mark Tuai, Jennifer Calkins, and Elizabeth Allen at the Oregon Beach Bill Celebration The beach holds a special place in my heart. Some of my best memories were at beaches: diving into waves with my best...

This land is your land, this land is my land

This land is your land, this land is my land

Oregon has been in the national news for a wide variety of reasons over the last months. We've seen Oregon become the first in the nation to pass a law that automatically registers voters, we listened carefully during the headline-grabbing occupation of the Malheur...