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

Advocate for Key Bills on Lobby Day

The Environmental Lobby Day for this year’s legislative session is coming up on Thursday, March 23. For more on Lobby Day and how to participate, see our article on the event. Oregon Shores is tracking a number of bills that affect the coast. Led by board member Bob Bailey, we have been advocating for some bills and opposing others in testimony to legislative committees...Read more
 Anti-LNG protest in Coos Bay.  Photo by Richard Knablin.

Jordan Cove Open Houses Take Place this Week

Anti-LNG protest in Coos Bay. Photo by Richard Knablin. After being turned down flat by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a permit, the Jordan Cove Energy Project has started the process all over again, obviously hoping that new FERC commissioners appointed by President Trump will be more receptive to their scheme for developing an LNG (...Read more
Snowy Plover exclusion area.  Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

Snowy Plover Restrictions Now in Effect

Snowy Plover exclusion area. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service. Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened Western Snowy Plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions. These regulations went into effect March 15, and last through Sept. 15. The plovers, a small shorebird, nest on open sand along Oregon’s beaches. During...Read more
 Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics.  Photo by Jarrett Juarez.

CoastWatch and Lincoln City Offer Tidepool Clinics

Tidepool life will be on display at the clinics. Photo by Jarrett Juarez. Fawn Custer, CoastWatch’s volunteer coordinator, will lead a series of “tidepool clinics” this spring in Lincoln City. CoastWatch is joining forces with the Lincoln City Visitor & Convention Bureau to make this learning opportunity available to the shore-visiting public. Ten of these...Read more
Help us communicate a wide view of coastal conservation.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Seeks Communications Manager

Help us communicate a wide view of coastal conservation. Photo by Sonja Peterson. Now that our new website and database are up and running, Oregon Shores is seeking help in putting them to wider and more effective use. We have created a new, part-time position for a “Communications and Data Manager,” who will play a key role in enabling us to pursue our new...Read more

Eugene Dance Concert Will Benefit Oregon Shores

The relationship between people and nature is often described as a dance. Some Eugene-area dancers are using their skills to connect people to the coast in terpsichorean terms and benefit Oregon Shores into the bargain. Every year, Flex Studios in Eugene gives a benefit concert, with a theme and a designated beneficiary. This year their theme is coastal...Read more
Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference.  Photo by Sara Schreiber.

'Sharing the Coast' Takes Place this Weekend

Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatch’s Sharing the Coast Conference, our 9th annual feast of information about shoreline natural history and science, takes place this year in Waldport, and is coming up this weekend, March 3-5. The public is invited, so please spread the word to anyone you know who...Read more
Yaquina River marshes drowned by a King Tide.  Photo by John Bauer.

Global Warming Commission Tracks State’s Climate Impacts

Yaquina River marshes drowned by a King Tide. Photo by John Bauer. The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member advisory group created by the 2007 Legislature. Members were appointed and directed to develop long-term policy recommendations to prepare for, adapt to, and combat global warming. Public comments can be submitted to the commission at...Read more
Waldport High School, Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Sharing the Coast Conference Arrives in March

Waldport High School, site of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. For the past eight years, CoastWatch has sponsored the Sharing the Coast Conference each spring. The event provides a wealth of background information relevant to monitoring the shoreline and participating in citizen science. The conference is open to everyone, and covers...Read more
A scene from the Elliott State Forest.  Photo courtesy of Coast Range Forest Watch.

Forest Activists Urge Public Ownership for the Elliott

A scene from the Elliott State Forest. Photo courtesy of Coast Range Forest Watch. The Oregon Department of State Lands is considering sale of the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay. The state has received a single offer to buy the 82,000 acre tract, from a consortium of Lone Rock Timber and the Cow Creek tribe. The proposal, in the view of Oregon Shores and a...Read more