CLIMATE NEWS

Crag Takes on Effort to Protect Tumalo Falls

Crag Takes on Effort to Protect Tumalo Falls

Tumalo Creek is a treasured natural resource in Central Oregon. Many residents spend time in Shevlin Park, a peaceful and beautiful refuge for bikers and runners alike. The rushing waters of Tumalo Falls is usually the first thing locals show off to  visitors....

Oregon Climate Case Appealed

Oregon Climate Case Appealed

Today, Crag’s clients, two courageous young women from Eugene, announced their decision to Appeal their Atmospheric Trust case to Oregon’s Court of Appeals.  At the same time, the girls’ announced that they are asking the Court of Appeals to send the case straight up...

Nestlé Issue Transcends Environmental Movement

Nestlé Issue Transcends Environmental Movement

This week Crag Law Center filed protests of two Water Resources Department decisions that start the approvals process for a Nestlé water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge.  The decisions under protest are integral to a water rights exchange between the Oregon...

COMMUNITIES NEWS

Supreme Court Rules in NEDC v. Brown

Supreme Court Rules in NEDC v. Brown

    March 20, 2013, Washington, DC — Today the U.S. Supreme Court reversed and remanded a Ninth Circuit ruling requiring Clean Water Act permits for discharges of heavily polluted stormwater along two logging roads in northwest Oregon. Under the Supreme Court’s 7-1...

On to the Supreme Court . . .

On to the Supreme Court . . .

Across the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a spider web of logging roads crisscrosses the landscape from the steep hillsides of headwater areas to the lower elevation valleys.  Each fall, iconic runs of salmon return to these watersheds, instinctively drawn to the...

Settlement Protects Oregon Wine Country

Settlement Protects Oregon Wine Country

Oregon winegrowers know the importance of preserving prime agricultural land.  Oregon’s land use laws are the reason the wine industry exists today.  Without the establishment of Exclusive Farm Use zoning and Oregon’s comprehensive land use system, the hillsides the...

THE WILD NEWS

Proposed Budget Seeks to Cut Funding for the Environment

Proposed Budget Seeks to Cut Funding for the Environment

On July 27, The Oregonian reported that the House rejected a rider to a GOP-proposed spending bill that would have stripped funding for the listing of new species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The bill would have only funded the removal of species from the...

Loopholes for Logging Trucks

Loopholes for Logging Trucks

Logging roads kill fish – its been proven time and time again by EPA, state agencies, and independent scientists – and dedicated fishermen will tell you the same thing.  Heavily roaded watersheds often have depressed fish populations, because those roads generate...

Working Together to Save Our Oceans

Working Together to Save Our Oceans

On Friday, July 1, I was given a chance to accompany staff attorney Courtney Johnson to the National Ocean Council’s Public Listening Session.  At this session, we learned about the Council’s Strategic Action Plans as...