The Wild

The Pacific Northwest has a rich history of public land use. Much of the land in the Oregon, Washington, California and Alaska area is owned by the public and managed by federal and state government agencies to provide a wide range of goods and services such as clean drinking water and unparalleled hunting and fishing opportunities. Though the land provides so much for us, the misuse of this public resource can be devastating to water supplies, wildlife, the natural ecology and the way of life that so many in the region enjoy. The Crag Law Center launched its Public Lands Program in 2001 with a focus on representing conservation groups and local citizens who are working for sustainable land management.  Crag’s clients and partners work to protect the Cascade Mountains, the region’s forests and wildlife, and to develop practices to help cope with climate change. All too often, short term economic and corporate interests trump the long-term thinking needed to maintain our scenic views, pristine wildlife, clean air and water, and the continued economic diversity of our public lands. Below are just a few of the Public Lands cases which Crag has taken on for a diverse group of clients.

 

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...

Blumenauer, Wyden Express Concerns with Proposed Logging Project in Crystal Springs Watershed

Blumenauer, Wyden Express Concerns with Proposed Logging Project in Crystal Springs Watershed

On March 7, 2016, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer and U.S. Senator Ron Wyden sent a letter to Mt. Hood National Forest Supervisor Lisa Northrop, expressing serious concerns with the proposed Polallie-Copper II Timber Sale in the Crystal Springs watershed, which...

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...

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

“Water Protection Measure” slated for May 2016 Ballot

Measure to block Nestlé bottling plant headed to May 2016 ballot Local Water Alliance, a group of activists in Hood River County has gathered enough signatures to qualify a ballot initiative aimed at stopping the Nestlé corporation from bottling and selling water from...

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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