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

CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Daniel Anderson.

CoastWatch Webinars Available on YouTube

CoastWatch training on rocky shore habitats.\Photo by Daniel Anderson. With the onset of pandemic restrictions, CoastWatch pivoted toward working online to maintain volunteer training and public education and to keep the mile adopter community connected. This required some re-orientation for a program that has always relied on community events and beachwalks,...Read more
Beach party on a misty day.

State Begins Study of Public Access

Oregon Shores has advocated for preserving public access to Oregon’s public shoreline for more than half a century. The issue is always lurking in the background when development is proposed, but now it is moving to the foreground for active consideration. The Oregon Coastal Management Program (a part of the Department of Land Conservation and Development) has begun a study of public access to...Read more

Welcome to Our New Communications Coordinator

Katie Russel. Katie Russell has joined our staff in the newly created position of Communications Coordinator. Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Oregon, where she earned her Master's in Environmental Studies with a focus on education and nonprofit management. For her terminal project, she worked with The Marine Mammal Center to redesign their...Read more
Volunteers conducting sea star observations.

Citizen Scientists Help Track Sea Star Populations

Volunteers conducting sea star observations.\Photo by Fawn Custer. Sea stars are keystone species in intertidal ecosystems. Through their predation, they structure rocky shoreline habitats. Monitoring the status of sea star populations is therefore important in understanding the health of intertidal communities—and all the more essential in the wake of the “sea...Read more
Capturing a visit to Otter Rock.

Oregon Shores Hiring for Communications Position

Capturing a visit to Otter Rock.\Photo by Alex Derr. We’re seeking a person who loves the coast and loves to communicate about it to fill a newly created, half-time position, that of Communications Coordinator. Some of our communications work, such as social media posting and newsletter production, has been done in the past by a contract employee. We have...Read more
Entrance to Lighthouse Beach footpath.

Campaign Launched to Preserve Lighthouse Beach Access

Entrance to Lighthouse Beach footpath.\Photo courtesy of Surfrider. Oregon Shores has worked to preserve access to our public beaches throughout our 50-year history. Access was frequently threatened decades ago, and recent events demonstrate that it isn’t guaranteed now without a battle. Our Beach Bill assures public access along the shoreline, but access to...Read more
Comparison of beachgrass species.

CoastWatchers Aid in Beachgrass Search

Comparison of beachgrass species including new hybrid. The search continues for the new hybrid beachgrass that may be spreading on the Oregon coast. CoastWatch volunteers are helping researchers at Oregon State University map the range of the new hybrid, the offspring of two invasive beachgrass species. To sharpen the observational skills of volunteers, two in-...Read more
Old growth forest at Colebrook Quarry site

Questions Raised about Curry County Quarry Plan

Old growth forest at Colebrook Quarry site.\Photo by Rich Nawa. Oregon Shores has joined other conservation groups in raising serious questions about a proposed new rock quarry in the Hunter Creek watershed in Curry County. We have...Read more
Photo of Western Snowy Plover with chick by Mick Thompson.

CoastWatchers Monitor Snowy Plover Nesting Sites

Sign marks snowy plover protected area.\Photo courtesy of OPRD. Nesting season has begun for the threatened Western Snowy Plover, the only resident shorebird that nests on the Oregon coast. Signs are going up, warning beachgoers about the presence of plovers. CoastWatchers can help by carefully observing restrictions on beach use to protect the nesting birds,...Read more
Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

Comment Period Open on Offshore Wind Energy Sites

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. We have now...Read more