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

Tidepool instruction at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Melissa Keyser/HRAP.

Share the Coast for Fun and Stewardship

Tidepool instruction at Haystack Rock.\Photo by Melissa Keyser/HRAP. The annual Sharing the Coast Conference, coming up March 2-4 in Cannon Beach this year, presents an extraordinary harvest of coastal natural history and shoreline science. Mingle with fellow coast-lovers, revel in talks, panel discussions, and field trips, and, of course, strive for supremacy...Read more
King tide at Bandon's south jetty.  Photo by Barbara Harrison.

King Tide Project Concludes, Readies for Next Winter

King tide at Bandon's south jetty. Photo by Barbara Harrison. The photos have been published, the parties are over, and the 2017-2018 King Tide Project is on the books. But that's just the end of one phase--we're already laying the groundwork for next winter’s edition of this long-running citizen science project. One more of these King Tide parties remains on...Read more

February 6 Rally to Protest Oil Drilling Scheme

Oregon Shores is joining with many other conservation groups to sponsor a rally on the State Capitol steps to protest the Trump administration’s suddenly announced plan to open Oregon’s ocean waters to oil drilling leases (along with almost all United States marine areas). The rally takes places at 2:30 p.m., in conjunction with a hearing by the federal Bureau...Read more
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

Oregon Rises to Oppose Ocean Oil Drilling

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. At virtually the same time, the administration also announced new proposed rules that...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
 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