On this page you will find calls to action, such as requests that you write a letter, make a call, or send an e-mail; attend a hearing or a rally; submit comments on a land use decision or policy matter; or get involved in helping to organize a campaign.  Some significant new opportunities are listed below, along with some ongoing ways to get involved. 


Participate in Updating Oregon’s Rocky Habitat Management Plan

Rocky intertidal at Blacklock Point.  Efforts to protect this area are ongoing.\Photo by Larry Basch.
Rocky intertidal at Blacklock Point. Efforts to protect this area are ongoing.\Photo by Larry Basch.

Oregon’s coast has a history of public participation, and public involvement is actually a required part of public planning. On the coast, Oregon Shores and CoastWatch encourage members and volunteers to learn about beach and rocky shore rules and regulations and to engage in their local community’s decision-making.  It is anticipated that there will be opportunities to advocate for protection of key rocky habitat areas in spring of 2022.

In 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development invited Oregon decision-makers and non-governmental organizations, including Oregon Shores, to discuss updating the 1994 Rocky Shores Management Strategy chapter of Oregon’s Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). According to the Oregon Ocean Resources Management Program, the TSP acts as a coordinated vision for marine resources in Oregon and guides the actions of state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing coastal and ocean resources in the public trust. The amended rocky habitat plan seeks to incorporate the best available science and consider the needs, concerns, and values of Oregonians balanced with the state’s goals for a resilient coastal ecosystem that can provide enduring opportunities for its users.

As part of this process, important rocky shore habitat areas are being considered for "site designation" under several protective categories.  Citizens and communities were invited to propose such sites.  In the first round, 12 sites were proposed (Oregon Shores was involved in supporting eight of these).  The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) favored two sites, at Coquille Point in Coos County and Cape Blanco in Curry County, recommending protective designations.  In addition, six other proposals are still alive and in  “continuing consultation.” They will be evaluated by OPAC sometime this spring; exact dates are yet to be determined. These sites include Ecola Point and Chapman Point in Clatsop County, Blacklock Point in Curry, Cape Foulweather, Cape Lookout in Tillamook, and Fogarty Creek and Cape Foulweather in Lincoln. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) and the Oregon Coastal Management Program staff will schedule and host public consultation workshops between the agencies and the proposers. Proposal authors will be provided the opportunity to present their proposals during the workshops and to describe or comment on any further work to resolve considerations identified in the process.

We will announce the schedule for these opportunities to engage and comment when they are known.

Contact [email protected] to learn more about the site designation process and the sites now under consideration, including current proposals submitted by Oregon Shores and Lincoln City Audubon to designate rocky shores on the central and north Oregon coasts for Marine Conservation Areas. Click here for more information.


Join a Citizen Scientist Project

Volunteers at work on a COASST survey.  Photo by Melissa Keyser.
Volunteers at work on a COASST survey. | Photo by Melissa Keyser

Oregon coast citizen science projects are both seasonal and year-round. Some take place in the dunes and others in the rocky habitats or on the sandy beach. All projects consist of monitoring and surveying, and contribute information that teaches us about the health of our sea, beaches, waters and shores. Through CoastWatch, volunteers are encouraged to work with our conservation partners including local non-profits and researchers at colleges such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of California and Oregon State University to monitor and survey plants and wildlife on the Oregon coast. Contact CoastWatch volunteer coordinator Jesse Jones, [email protected], to get started with any or all of the following citizen science opportunities:


Adopt a Mile of the Coast

Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset.
Nye Beach in Oregon at sunset. | Photo by Linda Cochran

One way to take action now, for those who are not already CoastWatchers, is to adopt a CoastWatch mile.  It is our goal to attain coverage of every mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch on a regular basis.  You can help us reach this goal by adopting a mile that is not receiving regular coverage. 


Ditch Single-Use Plastic Straws

Ditch The Straw. | Photo by Chanel Hason

Plastic straws are among the most common items found at Portland Chapter Surfrider cleanups – both on the Oregon coast and in Portland! They are also one of the most common items found elsewhere in the country.  They not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it is the chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment.

In August 2017, the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation launched the DitchTheStrawPDX program in the Portland-Metro area. The mission of the program is to assist businesses in reducing the number of plastic straws used by their customers. The chapter provides support to these businesses who agree to go straw free for an entire month as a pilot program demonstrating that paper straws are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative.

Surfrider Portland's Ask: Join their movement to reduce plastic straw pollution by piloting a straw-on-request program for one month. Eliminate plastic straws by only providing paper straws upon request.

Are You a Business Interested in Participating? 

Click Here & Help Be Part of the Solution

Are you an individual that wants to participate?

Next time you’re out, simply ask for no straw, post a photo and tag (@SurfriderPortland) and #DitchTheStrawPDX on social media! They need your help to spread the word and the message.

Interested in supporting this program as a volunteer? Contact [email protected]