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

Devil's Churn.\Photo by Curtis Perry.

Rocky Shore Protection Is a 2018 Goal

Devil's Churn.\Photo by Curtis Perry. Oregon Shores has long advocated for increased protection of the state’s tidepools and other rocky shore areas. In 2018, we hope to see movement in that direction. Oregon’s management of our state’s rocky shore areas falls under Goal 19 of our land use planning system, the goal that governs our Territorial Sea. Plans for...Read more

Oil Drilling Threat Suddenly Looms Over Oregon

On Jan. 4, the Trump Administration abruptly announced that it planned to open 90% of U.S ocean waters to oil drilling. Lease sales would be offered in 25 of the 26 areas into which America’s federal ocean waters are divided, including the area off Oregon and Washington. Conservationists weren’t alone in being surprised and outraged. None of the West Coast...Read more
King Tide rises along S. 1st St. levee in Coos Bay.\Photo by Robert More.

Celebrate King Tide Project’s Work with Wrap-Up Parties

King Tide rises along S. 1st St. levee in Coos Bay.\Photo by Robert More. The final round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project concluded Jan. 4. (The first two rounds took place in November and December.) Now it’s time to celebrate the project’s successes, and lay the groundwork for next winter’s edition of this long-running citizen science project. Three King...Read more
King Tide on the Clatsop County shore.\Photo courtesy of ORKingTides.

Final King Tide Series Now Surging

King Tide on the Clatsop County shore.\Photo courtesy of ORKingTides. The final round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, is upon us. The third and last series of extreme high tides (known as "king tides") occurs January 2-4. (The first two rounds took place in November and December...Read more
Image of top portion of Oregon coast map, showing title.

New Oregon Coast Conservation Map Available

As part of our 2017 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Oregon Shores collaborated with Raven Maps to produce a new large-format, high resolution map of the Oregon coast, emphasizing public lands. The map is now available for order , in time to serve as a beautiful holiday gift for your coast-loving friends...Read more
Derelict Japanese fishing vessel, debris from the tsunami, on Arcadia Beach.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium.

CoastWatcher-Aided Tsunami Debris Research Published

Derelict Japanese fishing vessel, debris from the tsunami, on Arcadia Beach.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium. On Dec. 2, a derelict 38-foot Japanese fishing boat, debris from the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan, washed up on Arcadia Beach south of Cannon Beach. Six years after the earthquake and tsunami on the other side of the Pacific, we’re still...Read more

Land Use Board Blocks Jordan Cove Permit

Coos Bay's North Spit, with Jordan Cove site in foreground. | Photo by Alex Derr Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) on Monday, Nov. 27, ruled in Oregon Shores’ favor in our appeal of the land use approval issued by Coos County for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. LUBA agreed with Oregon Shores...Read more
Spinner kite.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

Conserve While You Shop

Spinner kite.\Photo by Kirt Edblom. There are many ways to support Oregon Shores’ work to preserve our public shoreline and coastal resources. Join or renew membership, donate, gift stock to us, leave a bequest. But there is also another way, one you will never notice once you set it up. There are two opportunities to funnel support to Oregon Shores as you do...Read more
 Chetco River jetties at high tide.\Photo by Lawrence Witt.

Curry County Considers Coastal Hazards

Chetco River jetties at high tide.\Photo by Lawrence Witt. On Nov. 1, the Curry County Board of Commissioners will consider whether to pass amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The amendments would update county hazard planning by requiring consideration of new hazard maps issued by the Oregon Department of Geology and Mineral...Read more
Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate.

Citizens Intervene in Jordan Cove Issue

Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate. The battle over the proposal to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay's North Spit has entered another round. And the opposition is out in full force. More than 400 conservation groups (including Oregon Shores), tribes, and individals have filed with the Federal...Read more