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Crag is a client-focused law center that supports community efforts to protect and sustain the Pacific Northwest’s natural legacy. Implementing a unique model of legal aid for the environment, Crag balances the scales of justice by offering our clients free or low cost legal services in combination with assistance on campaign strategies, communications, community organizing and media relations.


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Group of people holding signs "Stop Zenith's Oil Trains"

Crag Joins City of Portland to Defend Denial of Zenith

Willamette and Columbia Riverkeepers Intervene at LUBA to Reinforce Portland’s Denial of Zenith’s...

Wild Shots Photo Contest

September 1 - October 1, 2021   We are excited to host our 2nd Annual Wild Shots photo...

Crag files lawsuit to stop illegal logging after fires

On August 18, Crag filed a new lawsuit to challenge the U.S. Forest Service’s aggressive post-fire logging project in the Willamette National Forest in the footprint of the 2020 Holiday Farm, Beachie Creek and Lionshead fires.

Crag Protects Sensitive Riparian Habitat in the Ochoco National Forest

Crag protects sensitive riparian areas in the Ochoco National Forest from logging in the Forest Service’s Black Mountain project.

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Dredging Permits Denied for Jordan Cove Fracked Gas Terminal

On May 4, 2021, the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals reversed two local dredging permits for the fledgling Jordan Cove LNG project citing impacts to the Coos Bay Estuary. This marks the 8th local permit that LUBA has overturned for the project. Crag successfully appealed the two permits on behalf of Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition.

Photograph is of the eastern face of the Chehalis Power Plant, a natural gas fired combined cycle power plant located in Chehalis, Washington

Victory Over Fracked Gas Power Plant

In the face of sustained public pressure and multiple legal challenges, Perennial-WindChaser LLC has abandoned its plan to build a new fracked gas power plant in Umatilla County, OR.

This is a huge win for our climate—if constructed, Perennial’s fracked gas plant would have been one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gases in the State of Oregon.

Earth Day 2021

Join our fight by supporting Crag’s legal aid for the environment during Earth Month! Earth Day is a day of action, celebration and recognition for the earth and the communities and organizations who work to protect it. Crag is excited to be part of Earth Day Oregon, a statewide initiative to celebrate sustainably-minded businesses and earth-focused nonprofits, like Crag, on Earth Day and throughout the month of April.

The Ambo Fund: Saving Sacred Fish in the Klamath Basin

Klamath Basin: Fighting for Water Rights by Crag Law Center| August 27, 2021Six national wildlife refuges in the Klamath Basin provide some of the most important habitat in North America for migratory birds. But like the region, the refuges are parched after years of...
woman (Rebeka Dawit) smiling) with Crag logo and text in front: Welcome Associate Attorney Rebeka Dawit

Rebeka Dawit: Trailblazing for Environmental Justice

Get to know Rebeka Dawit – Crag’s new Associate Attorney! 2021 summer intern Bella Klosterman interviewed Rebeka during her first weeks at Crag. Read more to learn about Rebeka’s journey into the field of environmental justice.

Stack of logged old growth trees

Post-Fire Logging: More Harm Than Good

Logging in the aftermath of wildfire is a common practice in the Pacific Northwest. Post-wildfire logging also referred to as “salvage logging” is said to reduce fuel for future fires and benefit public safety by removing possibly dangerous trees near roads.

Preserving Hells Canyon

In this edition of Client Voices, Danica interviewed Veronica Warnock, Conservation Director at Greater Hells Canyon Council and a former summer associate at Crag. She talked to Veronica about her background, her work, her passion for Hells Canyon and why conservation...

Increasing Tourism Threatens National Parks’ Stability

Increasing Tourism Threatens National Parks’ Stability by Noah Tobias | July 26, 2021Thousands of organisms walk along the trails of national parks, including more than 400 endangered species. But as tourism grows, the bulk of visitors flooding in threatens to...

Protections for Tongass National Forest Spark Hope

The repeal of a Trump-era rule allowing development in the Tongass offers hope for the future of the Alaska rainforest.

Client Voices featured image of Lovel Pratt and Friends of the San Juans Logo.

Lovel Pratt, Friends of the San Juans

In this edition of Client Voices I interviewed Lovel Pratt, the Marine Protection and Policy Director at Friends of the San Juans.

Big Day for Youth Climate Case

What happened in the courtroom on June 25 could prove pivotal in advancing the historical lawsuit.

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How Crag Took On Government Injustice – and Won

Crag represented the Rosemere Neighborhood Association in an environmental justice lawsuit against the EPA, securing a landmark victory that continues to help organizations challenge discrimination under Title VI.

Protest sign that reads Planet Over Profit

More climate change cases are coming

The number of cases against big polluters has nearly doubled in three years and we’ll likely see even more in the next decade.

Photo of former Crag interns at Oxbow Springs. Blog Title: "Closing the Gap: Crag's Emerging Leaders Program."

Closing the Gap

Summer intern Noah Tobias dives into the history and future of Crag’s Emerging Leaders program.

Eelgrass: Protecting Oregon's Underwater Meadows

Eelgrass: Protecting Oregon’s Underwater Meadows

Seagrasses are key to healthy estuarine ecosystems and play an important role in combating climate change . We need to engage elected officials and environmental management boards to ensure that these important resources remain undisturbed.

Close up of Alexander Archipelago wolf face with blog post title: Protecting forests for the preservation of all species

Protecting forests for the preservation of all species

On National Endangered Species Day it’s important to remember that protecting our forests is essential to saving plants and animals from extinction.

Image of forest in wildfire smoke and blog post title: PNW wildfires are now a year round event

PNW wildfires are now a year-round event

There are many reasons for the increasing number of wildfires. Year-round outreach, education and dialogue about wildfires can help us better protect communities and the health of our forests.

Client Voices: Charlie Plybon, Surfrider Foundation

Charlie Plybon, Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation: Charlie Plybon by Rena Kittredge | Apr 22, 2021  In this edition of Client Voices, I interviewed Charlie Plybon, the Oregon Policy Manager at Surfrider Foundation. Surfrider is an activist network with chapters all over the United States...
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Listen to Courtney’s Earth Day interview on KBOO

Crag Executive Director Courtney Johnson sat down with Nat Moon of KBOO Community Radio. Take a listen to their 20 minute conversation about the important work done by coalitions and communities against polluting industries, and the role Crag plays in supporting these groups.

Client Voices: Native Fish Society

Native Fish Society: A Tale of Two Conservationists

Native Fish Society: A Tale of Two Conservationists by Danica Leung | Apr 8, 2021 In this edition of Client Voices, I interviewed Tom Derry and Jennifer Fairbrother, the Director of Wild Steelhead Funding and Conservation Director, respectively, of Native Fish...
Allie Rosenbluth of Rogue Climate sitting on a bolder next to a mountain stream.

Allie Rosenbluth, Rogue Climate

In this edition of Client Voices, I interviewed Allie Rosenbluth, the Campaigns Director at Rogue Climate, a long-time Crag partner working towards energy justice in Southern Oregon. We discuss Allie’s work and her passion for community-based organizing fighting for a...
Two nice people standing by a bunch of wood rounds waiting to be split. Man is holding a splitting maul.

Stop B2H Coalition

n this edition of Client Voices, I interviewed Jim and Fuji Kreider, founders of the Stop B2H Coalition, a grassroots organization based in La Grande, OR.

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