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

Rocky Habitat Proposals Under Review

The view from Blacklock Point.\Photo by Alex Derr. The state of Oregon is developing a new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, the first revision of Oregon’s policy for protecting rocky intertidal and nearshore subtidal ecosystems since 1994. Oregon Shores has been actively engaged in this slow-moving process for more than three years. The basic framework of the...Read more
Rocky intertidal habitat at Oswald West State Park.

Rocky Habitat Protection Proposals Being Considered

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.

Oregon Shores 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 Continues

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
Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

Offshore Wind Energy Planning Moves to Next Phase

Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of NOAA. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has Oregon in its sights for development of wind energy turbines in federal waters off our shores. In conjunction with the state’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, BOEM planners have been assessing Oregon’s wind energy potential. Earlier this...Read more
Sea otters in the Gulf of Alaska, where populations have been restored. /photo by Kedar Gadge, Unspl

Sea Otter Study Points to Reintroduction Feasibility

Sea otters in the Gulf of Alaska, where populations have been restored. /photo by Kedar Gadge, On July 27, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a report to Congress supporting the feasibility of reintroducing sea otters to their historic range on the Pacific...Read more
NAME Award.

Oregon Shores Honored by NAME

NAME Award. At this year’s Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) conference, held in Netarts, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition was given the outstanding organization award for leadership in marine and aquatic education. CoastWatch Volunteer Coordinator Jesse Jones accepted the award at the closing ceremony of the conference. Oregon Shores and...Read more
Highway 101 threatened by erosion at Beverly Beac.

Hearing Will Consider Shoreline Armoring for Ocean-Facing Roads

Highway 101 threatened by erosion at Beverly Beach.\Photo by Dennis White. Oregon’s Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) will consider a change to the state’s land use rules to allow shoreline armoring to protect roads adjacent to the ocean shore, including Highway 101. The hearing on the proposed new rule will take place far from the coast, at...Read more
Photo of Drone over the Oregon coast courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium

State Parks Now Drawing Maps for Drone Zones

Drone over the Oregon coast.\Photo courtesy of Oregon Coast Aquarium. Drones have research and commercial uses, but recreational drone use, often by unskilled or reckless operators, is on the increase. This can have serious impacts to wildlife, as well as other human activities, privacy, and solitude. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is...Read more
Site of Facebook disaster, where a communications cable crossed the seabed.

Hearing on Communications Sites

Site of Facebook disaster, where a communications cable crossing the seabed came onshore.\Photo by Ron Bourke. The Department of State Lands (DSL) is accepting public comment on rulemaking that would establish distinct administrative rules for communication site facility leases. The proposed...Read more