Wildlife

Defending Wildlife

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.

What We’re Working On

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Klamath Basin National Wildlife Refuge Complex

The Klamath Basin contains five National Wildlife Refuges established to protect fish, wildlife, and waterfowl habitat. Unfortunately, the refuges have been severely damaged and degraded from competing commercial agricultural uses over the last century.

Tongass National Forest Old-Growth Logging

Tongass National Forest Old-Growth Logging

The Tongass National Forest in Southeast Alaska, known as the “crown jewel” of the National  Forest System, is America’s largest and wildest national forest. Nearly 17 million acres in size, the Tongass is the largest intact temperate rainforest on Earth.

Ochoco National Forest OHV Trail System

Ochoco National Forest OHV Trail System

Ochoco National Forest reflects the tremendous value our public lands provide. Unfortunately, the Forest Service approved a 137-mile off-highway vehicle (“OHV”) trail system in the Ochoco National Forest located within the Ochoco Mountains in Central Oregon.

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

Klamath Advocates Go To Court Over Wildlife Management

On January 17, Crag filed suit on behalf of three conservation groups, Audubon Society of Portland, Oregon Wild and WaterWatch of Oregon, in federal court against the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failure to follow federal law in the creation of the Comprehensive...

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

Lawsuit Launched to Halt Harmful Road Connection

On behalf of five environmental groups, Crag this week filed suit against the U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in federal district court to force supplemental analysis on the environmental consequences of the Ketchikan-to-Shelter-Cove road project...

Alaska Confirms 60% Decline in Rare Wolf Population

Alaska Confirms 60% Decline in Rare Wolf Population

A June 16, 2015 Memorandum issued by the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported a 60% decline in the population of the Alexander Archipelago wolf in the Prince of Wales Island area between 2013 and 2014. The wolf species, endemic to the coastal...

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log Alaska Old Growth

Lawsuit Challenges Plan to Log Alaska Old Growth

Crag Law Center is representing five environmental organizations in a lawsuit that challenges a plan to log the old-growth forests of Mitkof Island, near the Southeast Alaska community of Petersburg. On behalf of the groups, today Crag filed suit in Alaska District...

Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

Judge Affirms Ruling Favoring Wildlife on Klamath Refuges

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service given August 2016 deadline to complete plan to ensure commercial agribusiness doesn’t harm refuge wildlife   Medford, OR - Yesterday, a U.S. District Judge issued a ruling ordering the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete...

Tongass Logging Halted For Two Weeks Pending Appeal

Tongass Logging Halted For Two Weeks Pending Appeal

Judge Beistline (U.S. District Court, Anchorage) has granted a temporary injunction of The Big Thorne timber sale, which involves the proposed logging of more than 6,000 acres of old-growth coastal rainforest in one of the most sensitive areas of the Tongass National...

Judge’s ruling favors wildlife on Klamath refuges

Judge’s ruling favors wildlife on Klamath refuges

A US District Court Judge today issued a preliminary finding ordering the US Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to complete the long overdue “Comprehensive Conservation Plan” for five of the Klamath Wildlife Refuges including Upper Klamath, Lower Klamath, Tule Lake,...

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