|West of the beach . . .|
Oregon Shores' Ocean Program was established to help protect and restore that area of Oregon located West of the Beach. The program is focused on achieving six overarching goals:
• Empowering citizens to use laws, science and communication tools to help protect the ocean.
• Building momentum for improving our ocean's health by working within a statewide ocean coalition.
• Establishing a system of marine protected areas, including fully-protected marine reserves, to protect intact ocean ecosystems for future generations.
• Identifying ways to implement recommendations, in Oregon, from two seminal ocean reports — 2003 Pew Ocean Commission and 2004 US Commission on Ocean Policy
• Bringing attention to the need for citizens and policy makers to consider the land-sea-air connection when managing and making decisions for Oregon's future.
• Providing deliberative review of ocean development proposals, including those for wave energy facilities, to assure potential ecological impacts are identified, studied, and minimized or avoided.CONTACT Robin Hartmann, Ocean Program Director — 541-817-2275
| Nov 27 NEW Workshops Offer Opportunity to Comment on Marine Reserve Plans|
Cascade Head, site of one of Oregon's new marine reserves. Photo by Alex Derr.The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), which manages Oregon’s new system of marine reserves, is seeking help from the public. The department is working on site management plans for the reserves at Cascade Head and Cape Perpetua, and is seeking community input on how to proceed. One of the ways ODFW will be gathering input is through a series of workshops, taking place from December through the spring of 2014.
The first two workshops are coming up Dec. 4 in Florence and Dec. 9 in Lincoln City.
The site management plans will outline the best ways for ODFW to:
*Inform the public about scientific monitoring results and activities
*Provide general information about Oregon’s marine reserves
*Improve compliance through rules education
*Provide opportunities for people to get involved
Also, the site management plans will outline the community’s interests and priorities for activities above and beyond those that ODFW plans to conduct.
Each of the workshops will focus on one of these sections of the management plan. If you are unable to attend the workshops, there will be other opportunities for input including conversations between stakeholders and ODFW staff and a public review and comment period before the plans are completed.
The first set of workshops will specifically focus on how to communicate ODFW’s ecological monitoring activities and results; each workshop will focus on one reserve. The department would like feedback on how best to provide information to the public. Dates and locations are:
Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve
Wednesday, Dec. 4, 6-8 pm., Siuslaw Library, 1460 9th St., Florence
Cascade Head Marine Reserve
Monday, Dec. 9, 6-8 pm., Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 N.E. Oar Place, Lincoln City
All workshops are open to everyone. Light refreshments will be provided.
As additional workshops are scheduled they will be posted on the Oregon Marine Reserves website: www.oregonocean.infomarinereserves. Announcements will also appear on the Oregon Shores website and in bulletin.
For more information, contact Stacy Galleher, ODFW’s outreach and community engagement coordinator, at (541) 867-7701, ext. 224, or via email.
Contact: Phillip Johnson, Executive Director, (503) 754-9303, or EMAIL