Coastal Conservation News Archive

A complete archive of our past news articles, beginning in Fall 2016; older articles from our previous website are available in the historical archive

Annie Merrill in the field.

Oregon Shores Adds Land Use Coordinator

Annie Merrill in the field, studying oysters and eelgrass. Oregon Shores will greatly enhance our capacity to tackle important land use and shoreline management issues in 2023. Long-time Executive Director Phillip Johnson is taking on a new role, that of Conservation Director (while a new Executive Director, Elise Newman, will handle the administrative side of...Read more
Elise Newman explores the Oregon coast.

Greetings from Our New Executive Director

Elise Newman explores the Oregon coast. The Oregon Shores board has chosen our new Executive Director. She is Elise Newman, a relative newcomer to Oregon who brings with her a strong background in conservation. She doesn't officially step into the role until January, but she is already busy getting to know us. For details on her background,...Read more

Rocky Habitat Proposals Achieve OPAC Approval

The view from Blacklock Point.\Photo by Alex Derr. Breaking news: the state's Ocean Policy Advisory Council approved special protective designations for six key rocky shore habitat sites. These recommendations now go to the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCD ) for final, official designation. This is the last step but one in a long journey...Read more

Support Oregon Shores This Giving Season

There are many ways to support Oregon Shores this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. We rely on our members' support to continue working on marine conservation, land use planning, and climate change. You can purchase an Oregon Shores membership for yourself, your family, or give one as a gift. Learn more about our membership options here...Read more
Christmas lights at Shore Acres State Park.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Support Oregon Shores While You Shop

Christmas lights at Shore Acres State Park.\Photo by Bruce Swenson. We're heading into the season in which, for better or worse, a lot of shopping takes place. There are many ways to support Oregon Shores and coastal conservation. Perhaps somewhat counter-intuitively, one of those ways can be shopping. Both Amazon and Fred Meyer have community support programs...Read more
King tide on Nehalem spit.

King Tides Project Surges Again

King tide assaults the Hwy 101 seawall at Waldport.\Photo by Roy Lowe. The Oregon King Tides Project is now in its 13th year. We've already experienced the first of the three high-tide sequences that will be the focus for the 2022-2023 edition of the project on Nov. 24-26/ The remaining two sets of extreme high tides are coming Dec. 22-24 and Jan. 20-22, 2023...Read more
Yaquina Bay and Newport.

Oregon Shores Hiring for New Land Use Position

Yaquina Bay and Newport.\Photo by Rena Olson, with support from Lighthawk. Oregon Shores is building capacity and adding staff as we tackle new challenges and new opportunities. We recently announced that we are hiring a new Executive Director, while the current executive director moves into a newly created position, that of Conservation Director (see following...Read more
Rocky intertidal habitat at Oswald West State Park.

Decisions Coming on Rocky Habitat Protection Proposals

Rocky intertidal at Oswald West State Park.\Photo by Molly Sultany. What’s next for designating new rocky habitats in Oregon? Six proposals are alive and in continuing consultation. 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...Read more
View south from Rocky Point.

Board Announces Transition Plan

View south from Rocky Point.\Photo by Randy Scholten. September 9, 2022 The Oregon Shores board is excited to share big news. With the addition of a half-time Communications Coordinator earlier this year and plans underway to create a new position, Land Use Coordinator, focused on planning for estuaries, we are well situated to make a greater impact in 2023...Read more
Image of CoastWatch iNaturalist Challenge banner over photo of sea anemones.

CoastWatch Fall Challenge

CoastWatch is inaugurating a new, special project this autumn, the CoastWatch Fall iNaturalist Challenge, which will take place Sept. 23-Oct. 3. (Note--this event has been extended by one day, through 11:50 p.m. Oct. 3.) The ten-day challenge, which anyone (not just CoastWatchers) can join, is in effect a coastwide bioblitz, during which CoastWatch mile adopters and others are invited to observe...Read more