Through our work as client-focused, public interest attorneys, Crag engages with and benefits a wide range of communities across the Pacific Northwest. By focusing on serving our clients as opposed to pursuing our own policy agenda, we empower organizations to accomplish their missions. We are currently working with over 60 clients across the Pacific Northwest. Our clients are engaged with the public and respond to what happens on the ground, and they take the lead on identifying the goals for our work. By serving our clients, we serve the public. And by staying client-focused, we ensure that our work benefits local communities and resonates with the broader population. As community-based lawyers, we actively listen to our clients and partners, help them understand the complex legal landscape, and then help them develop a plan to achieve their goals, whether that is through litigation, policy, or shifting public discourse.
Meet some of our clients:
Crag represented the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition in their decades-long fight against the Jordan Cove LNG Export Terminal. The terminal would threaten over waterways, eliminate critical habitats and permanently alter recreational opportunities essential to the local population and tourism industry.
Crag helped Rogue Advocates successfully oppose the Mountain View Paving asphalt batch plant in a residential zone near Talent, Oregon. The plant operated for 14 years despite never securing land use approval.
Since 2011, Crag represented two courageous youth from Eugene, Oregon – Ollie Chernaik and Kelsey Juliana – who have bravely chosen to stand up for their generation. They brought a case against the Governor of Oregon asserting that the State of Oregon has failed its legal obligation to protect the atmosphere, a public trust resource.
Crag represented Beyond Toxics to force the Department of Agriculture to release records about a potentially illegal aerial herbicide spraying near Gold Beach, helped them comment on a rule that would regulate emissions of air toxics from colored glass manufacturing facilities, and helped force Lane County to improve air quality monitoring and community engagement in West Eugene,
Crag helped No More Freeways fight ODOT’s plan to expand I-5 in the historically Black Albina neighborhood in Portland, which would encourage more people to drive cars, causing increased carbon emissions. The expansion would also bring I-5 even closer to Harriet Tubman Middle School, which is already exposed to air pollution from traffic.
Crag helped WaterWatch of Oregon stop Nestlé build a water bottling plant in the Columbia Gorge and helped them file a protest agains water rights for Lost Valley Farm, a mega dairy that is a major threat to public health around the Columbia River.
In January 2019, Crag and Central Oregon Land Watch secured a ruling that an Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail system in the Ochoco National Forest would harm vital habitats, and the Forest Service failed to study the environmental impacts. In 2020, Crag helped them file a federal lawsuit challenging a commercial logging project.
In 2018, Crag and Cascadia Wildlands won a decades-long case when the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Forest Service’s plan to clear-cut nearly 2,000 acres of old-growth forest in the Tongass rainforest. The ruling preserves the habitat of Alexander Archipelago wolves. Crag also helped them challenge ODF’s poor logging practices in the Tillamook and Clatsop State Forests that harm coho salmon.
Crag and Oregon Wild successfully prevented an offroad vehicle trail system in Ochoco Mountains, protected Klamath Basin Wildlife Refuges from commercial agriculture, and worked together to establish the framework for a bill that creates greater against aerial pesticide spray.
Crag worked for Columbia Riverkeeper to defend Oregon’s denial of a permit for the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export facility. Crag also helped them successfully prevented the Port of St. Helens from doubling the size of Port Westward, challenge the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s decision to give water rights from Lake Roosevelt without public input, oppose Perennial Wind Chaser’s fracked gas-fired power plant, and shut down the Bradwood Landing LNG project.
“Crag is a very important component of our work. When we see something that is wrong, they have always stepped in and provided excellent legal advice. In my view Chris, Ralph and Maura are some of the best people on earth.”
350PDX • 1000 Friends of Oregon • Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission • Alaska Rainforest Defenders • Alaska Wildlife Alliance • Alliance for Responsible Land Use–Deschutes County • American Lands Alliance • American Rivers • American Whitewater • Audubon Society of Portland • Bandon Woodlands Community Association • BARK • Bear Creek Recovery • Beyond Pesticides • Beyond Toxics • Biodiversity Northwest • Birdshill Community Planning Organization (CPO)• Blue Mountains Biodiversity Project • Butte Creek Watershed Conservancy • Cascadia Fire Ecology Education Project • Cascadia Wildlands • Center for Biological Diversity • Center for Environmental Equity • Center for Environmental Health • Center for Food Safety • Center for Sustainable Economy • Center on Race, Poverty and the Environment • Central Oregon LandWatch • Chef’s Collaborative–National • Clackamas CPO • Climate Action Coalition • Climate Solutions • Coalition of Communities of Color • Columbia Riverkeeper • Confederated tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw • Conservation Northwest • Consortium for Wildlife Conservation • Cooper Spur Wild & Free Coalition • Coos Waterkeeper • Cowlitz Tribe • Curry Sport Fishing Association • Defenders of Wildlife • Eagle Creek-Barton CPO • El Pueblo Para El Aire Y Agua Limpio • Elephant Voices • Environment Oregon • Environmental Justice Action Group • Environmental Protection Information Center • Evergreen Islands
Firwood CPO • Focus the Nation • Food & Water Watch • Friends of Clackamas County • Friends of French Prairie • Friends of Liberty Hill • Friends of Linn County • Friends of Living Oregon Waters • Friends of Marion County • Friends of Molalla River • Friends of Mount Hood • Friends of Polk County • Friends of Rock Creek • Friends of Rudio Mountain • Friends of Summer Lake • Friends of the Applegate Watershed •Friends of the Columbia Gorge •Friends of the Earth • Friends of the San Juans •Friends of the White Salmon River • Friends of Tilly Jane • Friends of Yamhill County • Geos Institute • Greater Hells Canyon Council • Greenpeace • Harbor Community Action Committee • Healthy Hawthorne Project • Hugo Neighborhood Association & Historical Society • Human Access Project • Humane Oregon • Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope • Jackson County Citizens League • Jennings Lodge CPO • John Muir Project • Kalmiopsis Audubon Society • Keep Our Water Safe Committee • Kelsey Juliana and Ollie Chernaik • Kerulos Center • Klamath Forest Alliance • Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center • Ladd Hill Neighborhood Association • Land Watch Lane County • League of Women Voters of Clackamas County • League of Women Voters of Oregon • League of Women Voters of the United States • League of Women Voters of Washington • Let the People Decide–It’s Our Water • Lewis County Water Alliance • Linn County • Local Water Alliance • Mazamas • McKenzie River Trust • Molalla Irrigation Company • Molalla River Alliance • National Children’s Campaign • Native Fish Society • Native Plant Society of Oregon • Neighbors for Clean Air • Nez Perce Tribe • No More Freeways • North Slope Borough • Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides • Northwest Environmental Defense Center • Northwest Resistance Against Genetic Engineering
Oak Grove Community Council • Oceana • Olympic Forest Coalition • OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon • Oregon Center for Environmental Health • Oregon Coast Alliance • Oregon Conservancy Foundation • Oregon Environmental Council • Oregon Natural Desert Association • Oregon Nordic Club • Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility • Oregon River Safety & Preservation Alliance • Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition • Oregon Wild • Our Children’s Trust • Pacific Crest Trail Association • Parkdale Valley Land Trust • Portland Audubon • Protect Grand Island Farms • The Ptarmigans • RE Sources for Sustainable Communities • Richmond Neighborhood Association • Rinearson Creek Coalition • Rogue Advocates • Rogue Riverkeeper • Rosemere Neighborhood Association • Rosewood CPO • Sequoia Forestkeeper • Sierra Club–Oregon Chapter • Skipanon Watershed Council • Snowrider Project • Southgate CPO • Stand.earth • Steamboaters • Stop B2H Coalition • Sunrise SW Washington • Surfrider Foundation • Sustainable Ocean Society • Sutherlin Watershed Council • The Boat Company • The Freshwater Trust • The Lands Council • The Natural Step Network • Thrive Hood River • Tillamook Committee • Tongass Conservation Society • Trailkeepers of Oregon • Trout Unlimited, Oregon Council • Tualatin Riverkeepers • Umpqua Watersheds • Verde • WaterWatch of Oregon • Wild Salmon Center • Willamette Riverkeeper • Xerces Society • Yamhill Watershed Stewardship Fund