Livable Communities

Applegate Valley in Southern Oregon

Crag’s Livable Communities program works to preserve those places where Pacific Northwesterners live, work and play.  The Livable Communities Program began in 2001 when local residents in Hood River County and conservation groups took a project working to protect the North side of Mt. Hood at Cooper Spur. Since then Crag’s clients have worked to protect communities from unsustainable development that could damage the scenic beauty, local environment, and character of population centers across the region.

With a history of successes throughout Oregon, Washington and Alaska, the Crag Law Center currently aims to expand the Livable Communities Project even further in the future, especially in the three main project areas: Environmental Justice, the Coastal Law Project, and Land Use.  We also assist in other forms of nonprofit support as well as negotiation and mediation.

In addition to litigation, Crag assists partners and clients with other forms of nonprofit support as well as mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution.

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Current Cases:

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

On behalf of five environmental groups, Crag this week filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal district court to force supplemental analysis on the environmental consequences of the Ketchikan-to-Shelter-Cove road project...

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

This Friday, Governor Brown requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pull back from fast-tracking a proposal to trade water rights with the City of Cascade Locks to facilitate a commercial bottling operation run by Nestle. The proposal has been on the...

Past Accomplishments:

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

Plan to Clearcut Tongass Old Growth Halted

The Alaska Regional Forester has put a major logging project in the Tongass National Forest on hold, in response to administrative objections filed by Crag's clients.  The Saddle Lakes Timber Sale, located near Ketchikan on Revillagigedo Island, called for about 50...

Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

Jordan Cove LNG project DENIED!

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has denied applications for Jordan Cove LNG and Pacific Connector Pipeline to construct and operate a major LNG export facility in Coos Bay and southwest Oregon. Crag has worked for years with client Oregon Shores...

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Another Blow to Oregon LNG

Last week, a Hearings Officer in the City of Warrenton denied land use permits for Oregon LNG's natural gas terminal. Crag worked together with clients Columbia Riverkeeper and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition to demonstrate the proposal's risks to the community...

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

Governor Kate Brown Orders an About Face on Nestle in the Gorge

This Friday, Governor Brown requested that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife pull back from fast-tracking a proposal to trade water rights with the City of Cascade Locks to facilitate a commercial bottling operation run by Nestle. The proposal has been on the...

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