Coastal Law

Project

photo courtesy of Heather Roskelley

Conserving & Protecting the Oregon Coast

The Oregon coast is the pride of the state, crucial as a public resource for recreation, industry, and vital species habitat. For decades, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has worked to protect shorelines and surrounding landscapes by promoting sustainability practices, resource conservation, and best land use policies from threatening resource extraction schemes and encroaching developers. Nevertheless, short-sighted development proposals continue to jeopardize coastal safeguards. Since 2004, Crag and Oregon Shores have teamed up for the “Coastal Law Project,” a collaborative partnership that aims to represent coastal communities in order to defend watersheds, beach access, and sensitive ecosystems. Crag’s attorneys work to provide a range of services aimed at protecting this treasured space, from educating the public about conservation laws and providing policy advice to fighting complex propositions for natural gas export terminals and challenging harmful construction projects. Together, Crag and Oregon Shores hope to help preserve Oregon’s coastal regions for generations to come.

What We’re Working On

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

Tillmook County’s Sand Lake becomes State Natural Area

The Sand Lake Estuary is situated just north of Tierra Del Mar in Tillamook County on the Oregon Coast. The 900-acre Sand Lake is a gorgeous, mysterious, wild-salmon laden and relatively undeveloped natural area. Now, this beautiful and wild landscape will become part...

Is LNG Right for Oregon?

Is LNG Right for Oregon?

After an explosion at a natural gas processing facility on the Columbia River this week, the question everyone has been asking seems ever more pressing: is LNG right for Oregon?  A blast at a Plymouth, Washington facility caused injury to five workers and evacuation...

Land Use Board of Appeals Rejects Destination Resort Approval

Land Use Board of Appeals Rejects Destination Resort Approval

A proposed large-scale destination resort on a remote and wild section of the Oregon coast in Curry County will not move forward without further review by the local land use authority.  In a decision issued Friday, the Land Use Board of Appeals found that the county...

Coastal Law Project Blocks Large Development on Coquille River

Coastal Law Project Blocks Large Development on Coquille River

Last week, Crag celebrated with Oregon Shores and local Bandon area residents when the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) struck down Coos County's approval of a large-scale development  on the banks of the Coquille River.  The proposal would have entailed destroying a...

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