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.
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.
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
On behalf of three environmental and forest defense organizations, Crag filed a new lawsuit challenging a Northern California logging project that will harm one of the few successful breeding pairs of the northern spotted owl left in the Shasta Trinity National Forest.
On behalf of seven fish advocacy groups, Crag filed a new lawsuit challenging a December 2022 decision by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission that weakened state-wide protections for migratory fish like salmon, steelhead, and lamprey.
In July 2023, Crag filed a lawsuit on behalf of Klamath Forest Alliance, Sequoia Forestkeeper, Conservation Congress, Earth Island Institute, American Whitewater, Center for Biological Diversity, and the Environmental Protection Information Center challenging a U.S. Forest Service logging project to remove hundreds of thousands of trees in Northern California that will cause significant environmental harm to public lands, wildlife, and wild and scenic rivers.
Intact forests are important for both climate change mitigation and resilience. That’s why Crag and our clients are fighting to protect forests across the Pacific Northwest. Here are three reasons why protecting forests is crucial to addressing the climate crisis:
The Forest Service is misusing an old rule to pursue massive new commercial logging projects that threaten thousands of acres of forest in Southern Oregon.
In June 2022, Crag filed a lawsuit on behalf of six conservation groups, challenging a Trump-era rule change that allows logging of mature and old growth forests on over 7 million acres across Eastern Oregon and Washington.
Crag and our client’s post-fire legal work has not only stopped several unlawful logging projects, but has reaffirmed our values of integrity, environmental protection, and community advocacy.
Below the surface of the ocean, a type of seagrass with ribbon-shaped leaves and flowers that bloom every summer works to do everything a rainforest might do, but within a marine habitat. This fascinating and vital type of seagrass is called eelgrass. Eelgrass grows...
Crag is representing a coalition of fishing and conservation organizations to intervene in the DEQ enforcement action to hold Basco Logging accountable for a botched repair at Winchester Dam.
In the historically and culturally rich region of Eastern Oregon, dedicated organizations representing thousands of eastern Oregonians have filed a legal challenge to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and U.S. Forest Service’s (USFS) approval of the “B2H”...