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

Rising seas at Shore Acres

Results from Climate Migration Symposium Now Available

Rising seas are only one result of climate change. Photo by Bruce Swenson. One possible impact of climate change in the Pacific Northwest, indirect but important, could be increased population due to “climate refugees.” Most projections of future climate change suggest that our region will be less dramatically impacted than many, leading to speculation that...Read more
Photo of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area sign, by Dale Harmer.

Final Chance Offered to Comment on Sitka Sedge Plan

Inner shoreline of Sand Lake spit, site of new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area. Photo by Jim Hauge. It has taken nearly a year and a half and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, but the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has now approved the draft master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del...Read more
 Beached bird training.  Photo courtesy of COASST.

CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers

Beached bird training. Photo courtesy of COASST. CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with...Read more
King Tide at Toledo boat launch.  Photo by Gregory Henton.

King Tide Project Surges Again

King Tide at Toledo boat launch. Photo by Gregory Henton. For the seventh year, Oregonians are participating in the King Tide Project, the state’s branch of an international citizen science initiative. The project is sponsored in Oregon each year by CoastWatch, along with the Coastal Management Program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and...Read more
Photo of Horsfall Beach by Dina Pavlis.

Strategy Group Creating Dunes Restoration Plan

Horsfall Beach at the southern end of the Oregon Dunes. Photo by Dina Pavlis. The Oregon Dunes, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States, is a dynamic landscape. Their dynamism depends on moving sand. The introduction of non-native species, especially the highly invasive European beachgrass, has created a severe threat to the dunes, through...Read more
Photo of Coos Bay's North Spit -- note North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built, by Alex Derr.

Jordan Cove LNG Proposal Remains on Hold

Coos Bay's North Spit, with North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built. Photo by Alex Derr. In one sense, a lot has been going on with regard to Oregon Shores’ long-running struggle (together with many allies) to block development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit. In...Read more
Photo of kayakers at Haystack Rock by Sonja Peterson.

Last Chance to Contribute to a Survey on Coastal Values

kayaks_haystack_sonja_peterson2.jpg What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know...Read more
Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow.

Meg Reed Takes Over as Coastal Shores Specialist for DLCD

Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has said a fond good-bye to Laren Woolley, long-time Coastal Shores Specialist, who retired at the end of September. He has been a familiar figure in discussions about coastal hazards, both those immediately threatening, such as earthquakes and...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

State Agencies Consider Rocky Shores Initiative

Rocky shores at Boiler Bay. Photo by Kirt Edblom. Last December, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) that Oregon revisit its management policies regarding our rocky shore areas. A new OPAC working group was created, chaired by Robin Hartmann, Oregon Shores’ Ocean Policy Advocate, to review policies adopted in...Read more
Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh.  Photo by Bill Busch.

Improper Neskowin Shoreline Alteration Allowed by OPRD

Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh. Photo by Bill Busch. A plan by Neskowin homeowners Ken and Judy Graham to stabilize the eroding slope beneath their house drew an argument in opposition from Oregon Shores, but...Read more