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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.
 Shoreline Science Workshop Coming Up in Yachats
Stewart Schultz teaching at one of last summer's workshops. Photo by Daniel Anderson.
Places are still available for our second shoreline science workshop of the summer, taking place in Yachats July 28-30, but the time to register is now. To register online for the upcoming workshops, go to
These intensive, three-day training workshops are led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, an authority on the Northwest coastal region. He will be joined by Fawn Custer, CoastWatch volunteer coordinator. The upcoming session takes place at the Yachats Commons in Yachats. The final workshop we are offering this year will take place in Nehalem (August 1-3).
Although participating in the full workshop will provide extended training for CoastWatch mile adopters and include a feast of information for anyone who loves the shoreline, it is also possible to attend for just one or two days. If you wish to register for less than the full three days, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,
We now have two scholarships to offer for the Nehalem workshop. If interested, contact Fawn.
The three full days of instruction will cover everything from tidepools and sandy beaches to estuarine and ocean ecosystems, geology and forests, and marine mammals and birds. Matters of concern such as marine debris and invasive species will also be discussed. Each session will include field trips, indoor presentations and laboratory experiences (with some variation depending on the weather).
For those who are only able to attend for one or two days: The first day will focus on saltmarshes and mudflats; the second will be devoted primarily to rocky shore environments; and the final day will feature sandy beaches and dunes. Other topics will be interspersed.
While the workshops were developed to provide training to volunteers in the CoastWatch program, they are open to the public, and would be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the ecology of our coastal region. Teachers can obtain 26 Professional Development Units; two college credits can also be obtained by teachers or other participants.
Stewart Schultz is the author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History. His wide-ranging experience in studying the Oregon coast makes him a very knowledgeable guide to the shoreline environment. He has worked on the Oregon coast for the Nature Conservancy, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, gaining wide field experience before pursuing an academic career as a professor at the University of Miami and the University of Zadar in Croatia. During the academic year he studies marine ecology, as well as his specialty of plant evolution and genetics, but every summer he returns to the Oregon coast to teach shoreline science.
Fawn Custer, who will assist him, is an experienced marine educator who taught for 14 years at the Hatfield Marine Science Center.
Each workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. on the first day, and at 8 a.m. on the final two days, and will run until approximately 4:30 p.m. each day. Details and a complete curriculum will be provided to registrants.
The workshop fee is $60 for those who are both CoastWatchers and Oregon Shores members, $75 for those who are either CoastWatchers or Oregon Shores members, and $100 for others (who are invited to join Oregon Shores on the registration site and take the discount). Snacks will be provided; lunch is brown-bag. For those attending for less than the full workshop, suggested amounts are $30 for one day, or $45 for two.
Register online at, or by linking through the CoastWatch website. It is also possible to reserve a place by phone or e-mail and pay by check at the event.
For more information, or to reserve by phone, contact Fawn Custer, (541) 270-0027,

 Marine Debris Monitoring Project Underway
The recent upsurge of marine debris on Oregonís shoreline, much of it from the Japanese tsunami and some of it bearing potentially invasive organisms, is a reminder of the continued importance of monitoring for marine debris and cleaning it up. CoastWatch has been working with four partner groups as the Oregon Marine Debris (OMDT) team to address the debris problem. This involves scouting the ... MORE 
 Help Wanted: Volunteers to Work on This Website
Looking for a way to get more involved with Oregon Shores and help us advance the cause of coastal conservation? If you have computer skills to offer, we need one or more volunteers to help keep our website up to date. This would involve learning to use the editing tools that are built into the website, then occasionally receiving information by email (article information, photos, links to ... MORE 
 Oregon Shores Adds Ocean Policy Advocate
Robin Hartmann on her CoastWatch mile.
Weíre happy to announce that Robin Hartmann, who served for 10 years as our Ocean Program director, has returned to Oregon Shores in a new role, as Ocean Policy Advocate.
In this position, she will represent the coastal conservation community on the stateís Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC). She will also advise the Oregon Shores board and staff on ocean policy matters and will assist us in educating our members and the larger public about marine conservation issues.
Robin, first as an Oregon Shores board member and then as Ocean Program director, played a key role in the long campaign that led to the creation of Oregonís new system of marine reserves. She served both on the steering committee of the Our Ocean coalition which worked for the creation of marine reserves and other marine protected area, and on OPAC. She also successfully advocated for a new chapter to Oregonís Territorial Sea Plan which guides the siting and monitoring of future marine renewable energy projects. After taking a six-month hiatus once the new policies were in place, she returns in a new role, focused on helping to steer Oregon (and Oregon Shores) toward successful implementation and management of our marine reserves. Her current work with Oregon Shores is made possible by a grant from the Lazar Foundation.
Robin is a consultant with expertise in project management, communications and government affairs as they relate to natural resources management. She has been involved in natural resource policy advocacy since working for Idaho Congressman Larry LaRocco in the 1990s, where she served as his natural resources legislative assistant.
Much of her work has involved bringing together diverse stakeholders seeking opportunities to improve outcomes for the environment as well as for rural communities and the people who live there. She has worked on projects to give voice to citizen concerns about development proposals including gas pipelines, high-power transmission lines, hydropower dams and LNG terminals (another key Oregon Shores issue). She currently serves on the boards of Oregon League of Conservation Voters and the Oregon Wave Energy Trust.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL

 State Parks Commission Supports Land Exchange
Despite Oregon Shoresí arguments that the decision would set a dangerous precedent, the Parks and Recreation Commission voted on April 9 to accept the proposed land exchange between the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department and Bandon Biota, the development arm of the Bandon Dunes golf complex. Oregon Shores' Land Use program continues to monitor the exchange carefully as it goes through the ... MORE