The Wild

Preserving the Wild

From the dry pine forests of Central Oregon to the coastal temperate rainforests of the Tongass in Southeast Alaska, we work with a diverse coalition of conservation clients in Oregon, Washington and Alaska to advocate for sound forest management, sustainable outdoor recreation, and restoration of native fish and wildlife populations. Crag’s first case was to work with local community and conservation groups to protect the north side of Mt. Hood. Since then, we have expanded our efforts to protect public lands, wildlife, and native fish across the Pacific Northwest.


Public Lands

We, the public, own much of the land in Oregon, Washington, and Alaska.  Government agencies manage these lands for a variety of uses, and if properly cared for, these lands can continue to provide clean air and water, healthy habitat for native fish and wildlife, and abundant recreational opportunities.  To protect these wild lands for current and future generations, Crag launched the Public Lands Program in 2001.


Crag works with local, regional, and national wildlife conservation groups to protect the Pacific Northwest’s rare and sensitive wildlife species. From butterflies to wolves and from salmon to migrating waterfowl, we stand up for wild animals and their habitat.

Native Fish

The Pacific Northwest is renowned for its native fish populations. Although our rivers and streams once teamed with millions of trout and salmon, today, populations are only fractions of what they once were. It has been a decades-long struggle to protect native fish, which still face threats of extinction from rising water temperatures, pollution, dams, and drought. In support of efforts to revive native fish populations, Crag works with our clients to maintain healthy aquatic ecosystems across our region.

What We’re Working On

Protecting the few remaining owls

Protecting the few remaining owls

Protecting the few remaining owls last updated September 18, 2023We filed a new lawsuit to stop a Forest Service logging project that will harm a successful breeding pair of the imperiled northern spotted owl. Photo by Carlos Porrata.New lawsuit challenges logging...

Restoring salmon protections

Restoring salmon protections

Restoring salmon protections last updated September 5, 2023Proposed changes in Oregon’s fish passage rules will hurt native fish and tribal treaty rights. Photo by Laura Mahoney/USFWS.Crag files legal challenge over fish passage rule changeNew case filed! On behalf of...

We can’t fight climate change with a chainsaw

We can’t fight climate change with a chainsaw

We can’t fight climate change with a chainsawForests and the climate are inextricably linked. Ask an Oregonian about climate change, and likely the first thing we’ll think of is forest–or rather, forest fire, the most visceral and dramatic symptom of the climate...

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