Public Lands, Wildlife, and Native Fish
The Oregon Court of Appeals erased the verdict of a 2019 Linn County lawsuit that sought more than a billion dollars from taxpayers on the theory that Oregon was required to maximize logging on state forests. The decision reverses a $1 billion award awarded to the county and frees up the state to balance the protection of water supplies, wildlife and timber production.
Crag helped our clients stop an illegal timber sale near Medford, Oregon that would have clear-cut old growth and large trees and caused increased wildfire risk to local ranches, farms and communities.
On December 3, 2021, A federal judge enjoined post-fire logging on the Willamette National Forest near Detroit Lake and Breitenbush hot springs.
On November 5, 2021, for the second time this year, a federal court halted U.S. Forest Service (Forest Service) plans to carry out extensive post-fire roadside logging. In granting a preliminary injunction, the court stopped planned commercial logging along 400 miles of roads within the Willamette National Forest.
In October 2021, a lawsuit Crag filed on behalf of Klamath Forest Alliance effectively stopped commercial logging in fragile post-fire areas in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest.
Crag protects sensitive riparian areas in the Ochoco National Forest from logging in the Forest Service’s Black Mountain project.
Victory for Forests & Elk - Chiloquin, Oregon 2020Roosevelt Elk - Photo by Stephen Baker, BLM Oregon On December 10, 2020, the Land Use Board of Appeals ruled in favor of our community clients,...
Facing litigation that Crag filed on behalf of three conservation groups, the Forest Service withdrew its controversial and illegal approval of a timber sale threatening old-growth forests and cold water tributaries of the Klamath River in Klamath National Forest.
On June 26, 2020, Crag played an influential role in the Oregon Legislature passing a bipartisan forestry reform bill called the Forest Aerial Spray Bill (SB 1602), which provides greater protections against aerial pesticide spray.
In January 2019, the Oregon Federal District Court ruled that a proposal to build a 137-mile Off-Road Vehicle (ORV) trail system in the Ochoco National Forest would harm habitat for elk, wolves, and native fish, and that the Forest Service failed to satisfy its legal obligation to study the potential environmental impacts.
On November 28, 2018, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected the Forest Service’s plan to log in the Tongass rainforest once and for all. Crag’s clients Greenpeace and Cascadia Wildlands finally won this decade-long case to preserve the unique old-growth and native wildlife of the spectacular rainforest.
In March of 2016, Crag successfully halted a commercial logging project that would have clear-cut 2,500 acres of the Tongass rainforest on Revillagigedo Island. Crag prepared a formal objection against the U.S. Forest Service due their failure to protect the already vulnerable old-growth forest.