Public Lands, Wildlife, and Native Fish
In August 2010, Crag secured a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that rainwater channeled by logging roads into rivers is pollution and can be regulated under the Clean Water Act. Now, the Oregon Department of Forestry can no longer channel polluted stormwater into rivers and streams.
In 2009, Crag Law Center helped usher the Mt. Hood Wilderness legislation through Congress and to President Obama’s desk. The legislation adopted a hard-fought settlement that was intended to permanently protect the North side of Mt. Hood at Cooper Spur.
In 2008, Crag defeated a proposed subdivision along the banks of the Coquille River near Bandon, Oregon, protecting dozens of acres of rural land and preserving the river’s water quality and native wildlife.
In 2008, Crag won a landmark victory for the indigenous Iñupiat communities of the North Slope and the Arctic environment. The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Royal Dutch Shell’s offshore exploration plan in the Beaufort Sea because of potential impacts to Iñupiat subsistence traditions.
After the School fire burned in the Washington portion of the Blue Mountains in 2005, the Forest Service proposed to log live growth trees. Crag acted quickly to protect them.
Crag successfully challenged the post-fire logging of wilderness areas in the Strawberry Mountains, proving that the trees – and the expert attesting to their health – were alive.