Barbara Craig is a forester turned attorney and as such she brings an understanding in science, biology and public policy that provides for forging creative solutions to conflicts relating to federal permitting. She began her practice during the northern spotted owl debates and the President’s Forest Plan that was followed by the Salmon Summit commenced by Senator Hatfield. She focuses her practice on federal and environmental law and has followed iconic landscape species debates that have affected her clients, including forestry companies and associations, ports, pulp and paper interests, developers and owners of hydropower dams, wind energy projects, solar project, utilities, and oil and gas facilities Barbara has extensive experience on issues involving the Endangered Species Act (ESA), National Forest Management Act (NFMA), Federal Land Policy and Management Act, Federal Power Act (FPA), Natural Gas Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA), Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (Eagle Act), National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), Clean Water Act (CWA) and Administrative Procedures Act. In particular, she has a thorough knowledge of this complex area of ESA and has successfully completed Section 7 consultations, developed Section 10 Habitat Conservation Plans, Safe Harbor Agreements, Candidate Conservation Agreements and proposed 4(d) rules.
Barbara received her B.S. in Forest Management from Oregon State University in 1980 and worked for the U.S. Forest Service as a project forester for five years in the Leavenworth Ranger District in the Wenatchee National Forest in Washington. As a project forester, she was responsible for all aspects of timber management, including NEPA documents, silvicultural prescriptions, sale design, field layout, contract compilation and appraisal. She was a member of the Redmond Hotshot Crew, fighting forest fires in the region. Before joining the U.S. Forest Service, she worked as a private contractor for four years, procuring labor contracts in forestry for activities such as reforestation, slash piling, fire-line construction and precommercial thinning.
Barbara worked for the U.S. Forest Service while attending law school and graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., 1987. She received a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and is a member of the Cornelius Honor Society.
Barbara served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert C. Belloni, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, and has assisted Judge Owen M. Panner, Judge Malcom F. Marsh and Judge James A. Redden, U.S. District Court for the District of Oregon, in cases involving NEPA, the NFMA and the ESA.
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