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In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access.  Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.
 New Citizen's Guide to Climate Change Adaptation Released
Storm at Netarts Bay entrance. Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.
Our Climate Program has just released a new and significantly improved version of our Citizen’s Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast . The publication, available for download here, is aimed at helping citizens build their understanding of the many ways in which the Oregon coast is likely to be affected by climate change and learn how they can involve themselves effectively in community efforts to adapt to these effects.
The new version of the Guide has two parts. “A Primer” presents an overview of climate science relevant to Oregon, potential effects, and adaptation planning at local, state, regional, and global scales. “Scientific and Policy Considerations” includes technical and policy papers written by Oregon experts in science, law, and policy in 2012. The Primer includes many links to a vast amount of additional information available on the Internet related to climate change, likely effects on the Oregon coast, and adaptation planning. The Guide is intended to stimulate action by citizens and communities to address the very real effects of Earth's rapidly changing climate.
The first edition was developed as part of our pilot Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project three years ago, when Oregon Shores developed a set of background papers written for citizens interested in climate science and planning for the future impact of climate change on the Oregon coast. For this effort we recruited some of Oregon’s most distinguished scientists whose work sheds light on these issues, along with some of our most prominent land use lawyers, to produce papers on a wide range of subjects, from sea level rise and beach erosion to state law and planning tools.
This time around, thanks to a grant from the Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, we were able to engage Bob Bailey, recently retired head of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, to draft a new section, the “Primer,” to pull together the key themes of the disparate collection of papers, provide context, and point the way toward wider sources of information. The entire volume was re-edited by Greg McMurray, presently an environmental advisor for Oregon State University’s Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Center; previously, he worked for 25 years for state of Oregon agencies on coastal resource and policy matters.
The Citizen’s Guide is available online without charge; our goal is to provide a useful tool for engaged coastal citizens while informing the policy debate about climate adaptation. Watch for an announcement of a forthcoming print-on-demand edition, for those who would like to purchase a hard copy.

 Mark Your Calendars Early for This Summer’s Workshops
Stewart Schultz teaching at a Netarts workshop. Photo by Jim Young.
Our summer shoreline science workshops, three-day intensive encounters with coastal natural history, are the best opportunity we can offer to absorb a great deal of training for CoastWatch monitoring in short order. We don’t have all the details set as of now, but we have our basic plan.
As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History, along with our own CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, herself a highly experienced marine educator.
We know dates and general locations, so we wanted to give you an early heads-up so that you can mark your calendars.
The workshops this year will have a special emphasis on our new marine reserves, and on the various citizen science projects through which CoastWatchers (and other community members) can help to monitor them. The first will take place July 18-20 in Arch Cape, near the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. The second, August 1-3 in the Lincoln City area, will connect with both the Cascade Head and Otter Rock reserves. And the final workshop is planned (still tentatively) for Port Orford, August 14-16.
We will also hold a Portland event with Stewart Schultz. Watch this space for more on that.
More details will be available soon. Online registration isn’t available yet, but if you would like to hold a place contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027,

 Marine Reserves Partnership Launches Facebook Page
The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership, of which Oregon Shores is a founding member, now has a Facebook page. You'll find it at This is a way to keep up to date on activities relating to marine reserves and on ocean-related news, or to provide feedback to the OMRP.
For more basic information about the OMRP, the partnership also has its own website:
And speaking of Facebook pages, don’t forget to visit and “Like” the Oregon Shores page

 Oregon Shores Co-Founds Marine Reserves Partnership
Having campaigned for more than a decade for the creation of Oregon’s new network of marine reserves, Oregon Shores has joined forces with five other groups to found the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. The goal of the new OMRP is to share information, promote good science and relevant research, and to engage citizens with their new marine reserves. In short, the goal is to work toward making ... MORE 
 Shop on Behalf of Oregon Shores
This year, Oregon Shores is asking all our members, and all those who care about protecting our coastal environment, to rally around us with support to boost us our conservation efforts. We face many threats to coastal ecosystems, and also look forward to expanding very promising initiatives in such areas as citizen science and marine reserves. We need your help if we are to succeed in our ... MORE 
 Marine Debris Volunteers Needed for Long-Term Monitoring
The upsurge of marine debris we saw this winter on Oregon’s shoreline, some of it from the Japanese tsunami and bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatchers turned out for a number of special rapid response efforts to clean up debris that arrived in large quantities, which successfully rounded ... MORE