20th Anniversary logoCRAG LAW CENTER – WHO WE ARE

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.

Image of woman standing on cut old growth ponderosa pine logged in the Malheur National Forest

Crag files “Eastside Screens” lawsuit

On June 14, 2022 Crag filed a lawsuit on behalf of six conservation groups, challenging a Trump-era rule change that allows logging of mature and old growth forests on over 7 million acres across Eastern Oregon and Washington.

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Victory for Farmland, Water and Salmon!

On May 9, 2022, Columbia County’s effort to rezone hundreds of acres of farmland for industrial use was overturned by the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

Wooden hiking trail sign that reads Magic Trail. There are small trees in the background and a fern.

Victory for Oregon State Forests!

The Oregon Court of Appeals erased the verdict of a 2019 Linn County lawsuit that sought more than a billion dollars from taxpayers on the theory that Oregon was required to maximize logging on state forests. The decision reverses a $1 billion award awarded to the county and frees up the state to balance the protection of water supplies, wildlife and timber production.

A forest of large trees with lines painted across the trunks in blue and white. A man wearing a blue shirt and sunglasses stands in the middle of the trees.

Big Trees Saved in the Little Butte Creek Watershed

Crag helped our clients stop an illegal timber sale near Medford, Oregon that would have clear-cut old growth and large trees and caused increased wildfire risk to local ranches, farms and communities.

Masked people holding signs that read Pipelines Spill, Oil Trains Kill. Stop the Trains in PDX. Chuck the LUCS.

Victory! LUBA upholds City’s right to deny fossil fuel expansion

Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) upheld the City of Portland’s authority to deny Zenith’s Land Use Compatibility Statement (LUCS) but is requiring the City to provide more support for its decision. This is a huge win that sends a clear message to fossil fuel companies that an industrial zone address does not give them a free pass to expand.

Victory! Judge Halts Post-Fire Logging near Breitenbush

On December 3, 2021, A federal judge enjoined post-fire logging on the Willamette National Forest near Detroit Lake and Breitenbush hot springs.

21 Years

Join us September 15th for a rooftop party to celebrate Crag’s 21st birthday!

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