CREST, located in Astoria, OR, is a community organization specializing in environmental planning and habitat restoration for fish and wildlife. CREST offers expertise in project design, funding, management, implementation and monitoring with the goal to sustain the partnership between the natural ecosystem and the neighboring communities along the Columbia River Estuary.
As a community organization, CREST's overall mandate is to provide leadership in environmental and resource planning for fish and wildlife habitat in the Columbia River Estuary ecosystem. CREST's directives can be defined in three distinct categories:
- To lead and manage planning and habitat restoration projects on the Columbia River Estuary.
- To offer critical expertise and a comprehensive source of data and information on the Columbia River Estuary.
- To offer information, guidance, and services to private landowners interested in contributing to habitat restoration and improved flood control protection on their own property.