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.

Victory! Court Halts Roadside Post-fire Logging Project

On November 5, 2021, for the second time this year, a federal court halted U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) plans to carry out extensive post-fire roadside logging. In granting a preliminary injunction, the court stopped planned commercial logging along 400 miles of roads within the Willamette National Forest.

Teryn Yazdani: Advocating for Clients and Communities

Teryn Yazdani: Advocating for Clients and Communities by Lizzy Gazeley | Oct 20, 2021Growing up in...

Fragile post-fire forests saved in Rogue-Siskiyou Forest

In October 2021, a lawsuit Crag filed on behalf of Klamath Forest Alliance effectively stopped commercial logging in fragile post-fire areas in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.

Legal Fight Continues to Protect Farmland & Wetlands

On October 19, 2021, Crag filed a legal challenge to Columbia County’s controversial decision to rezone over 830 acres of prime farmland and wetlands for heavy industrial development along the Columbia River. This marks the county and Port of Columbia County’s third attempt to rezone the area following successful legal challenges brought by a local farmer, Columbia Riverkeeper, and 1000 Friends of Oregon to stop the rezone.

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.

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Crag Holiday Auction

Bid on local gifts, cozy cabin getaways, artisan-led workshops, a 10-day Galápagos cruise, and more with Crag’s online Holiday Auction! All proceeds support Crag’s work providing free and low-cost legal services to people working on the ground to protect our communities, wild places, and climate.
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Standing Up for Sensitive Species Habitat

Standing Up for Sensitive Species Habitat

On September 8, 2022, Crag filed a lawsuit on behalf of long-time clients challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to log 13,225 acres of public forests in the coast range foothills west of Eugene.

Defending Oregon's Climate Protection Policy

Defending Oregon’s Climate Policy

Crag clients intervene to defend Climate Protection Program from oil and gas industry attack.

Stopping Shoreline Armoring

Our clients, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition and Surfrider, are fighting against the implementation of a shoreline armoring project in Tillamook County.

Large tree cut down in Malheur National Forest. Photo by Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project.

Crag takes on Forest Service for lack of transparency

On July 6, 2022, Crag and attorney David Bahr filed a lawsuit on behalf of Greater Hells Canyon Council to hold the Forest Service accountable for its lack of transparency.

Tree from Baby Bear project flagged for logging. Photo Credit Chandra LeGue, Oregon Wild

Crag Files Suit Protecting Fremont-Winema Forest Against Unlawful Logging

On July, 12, 2022, Crag filed a lawsuit on behalf of two conservation groups, Oregon Wild and WildEarth Guardians, challenging the recent approval of three commercial logging projects in the Fremont-Winema National Forest in southcentral Oregon.

Cheyenne Holliday, Verde

In this edition of Client Voices, I interviewed Cheyenne Holliday, the Water Justice Coordinator at Verde. I talked with her about her background, her work, and what she believes are the next steps for her and her organization.

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.

Photo of a rusty water spout

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...
Courtney Johnson KBOO Earth Day Interview Image

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...

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