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.

Charlie Plybon, Surfrider

Surfrider Foundation: Charlie Plybon by Rena Kittredge | Apr 22, 2021  In this edition of...

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.

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...

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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.

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.

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.

Another Victory against Jordan Cove LNG for Coasts, Communities, and the Climate

On February 8th, 2021 Crag won another historic victory against the proposed Jordan Cove liquified natural gas export terminal and fracked gas pipeline in Southern Oregon.

LUBA delivers another blow to Jordan Cove LNG

Land Use Board of Appeals Delivers Another Blow to Jordan Cove LNG2020Local land use permits...

Victory for Roosevelt Elk – Chiloquin, Oregon

Victory for Forests & Elk - Chiloquin, Oregon 2020Roosevelt Elk - Photo by Stephen Baker, BLM...

Glamping Proposal Along the White Salmon River Stalled

In October 2020, Crag and other conservation groups successfully petitioned for Klickitat County to reconsider Under Canvas’s permit application to build a glamping resort along the Wild & Scenic White Salmon River.

Challenging a Controversial Sewage Treatment Plant in Chiloquin, OR

On behalf of Chiloquin residents, Crag challenged Klamath County’s decision to approve a three-stage sewage treatment plant that would threaten winter elk habitat.

Crag Thwarts Forest Service Illegal Old-Growth Sale in the Klamath National Forest

Facing litigation that Crag filed on behalf of three conservation groups, the Forest Service withdrew its controversial and illegal approval of a timber sale threatening old-growth forests and cold water tributaries of the Klamath River in Klamath National Forest. 

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PNW wildfires are now a year-round event

PNW wildfires are now a year-round event by Allison Milionis | May 6, 2021Spring in the Pacific Northwest means longer, brighter days with ample rain and pleasant temperatures. This April, however, proved to be drastically different with only .39” rain in the Portland...
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Light ahead for our environmental justice work

Light ahead for our environmental justice work by Allison Milionis | Apr 29, 2021Nearly 30 years ago, President Clinton signed an executive order directing federal agencies to “identify and address” adverse environmental impacts from federal projects on vulnerable...
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

Listen to Courtney’s Earth Day interview on KBOO by Allison Milionis | Apr 23, 2021To round out Earth Day 2021, Crag executive director, Courtney Johnson, had an engaging conversation with KBOO radio host, Nat Moon, as part of the public station’s Earth Day Special...
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...
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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...

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Noah Tobias – 2021 Intern

Name: Noah TobiasEducation/Professional Background: Rising senior at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill, where I study environmental studies and international relations.Hometown: Charlotte, NC What brought you to Crag?: As an aspiring law student, I...

Celia Parry – 2021 Intern

Name: Celia Parry Education/Professional Background: Sophomore at Pomona College studying Politics and Biology Hometown: Portland, OR What brought you to Crag?: I grew up going on hikes in the Columbia Gorge, and Oregon’s natural beauty was what initially instilled in...

Megan Schmiesing – 2021 Intern

Name: Megan Schmiesing Education/Professional Background: B.A. in  Environmental Analysis from Pitzer CollegeHometown: Mountain View, CA What brought you to Crag?: I am passionate about protecting the environment and supporting healthy communities and I was drawn to...

Natalie McNeill, 2021 Intern

Name:  Natalie McNeill Hometown: Redding, CT What brought you to Crag? I want to pursue environmental law and I am particularly interested in plaintiff-side nonprofit legal work. I thought an externship at Crag would be a great way to apply what I have learned in law...

Andrew Alsdorf, 2021 Intern

Education/Professional Background: B.A. Economics and Psychology, Georgetown University. J.D. University of Colorado Law School. LLM, Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lewis & Clark Law School (anticipated Spring 2021). Former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney...

Rena Kittredge – 2020-2021 Intern

Education/Professional Background: Lincoln High School (2020-2021 Junior) Hometown: Portland, OR What brought you to Crag?: I found Crag’s website while looking for environmental nonprofits to volunteer at for the summer, and Crag fulfilled both of my interests in law...

Danica Leung – 2020-2021 Intern

Name: Danica Leung Education/Professional Background: Lincoln High School (2020-2021 Junior) Hometown: Portland, OR What brought you to Crag? After hearing about Crag through a friend, I was inspired by Crag's work advocating for local communities.  Because my...

Evelyn Mailander – 2020-2021 Intern

Name: Evelyn MailanderEducation/Professional Background: Earned my B.S. in Anthropology from Oregon State University, and have been working in sustainable food systems more recently. Hometown: Eugene, ORWhat brought you to Crag?: I'm applying to law school to attend...

Sierra Killian – 2020 – 2021 Intern

Name: Sierra KillianEducation/Professional Background: B.S. in Earth Systems from Stanford University. I currently work as a legal assistant at Metropolitan Public Defender, and before that I was a research associate at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington,...