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

Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

Offshore Wind Energy Planning in 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, Unsplash.com 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
CoastWatcher at Nedonna Beach.

Orientations Provide Introduction to CoastWatch

If you are thinking about adopting a mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch, or if you are a new CoastWatch volunteer or a veteran mile adopter needing a refresher course, consider joining a CoastWatch orientation. These field experiences are designed to introduce the program and sharpen observational skills. Orientation sessions will be held a number of times times this summer and fall, in...Read more
Beachgrass survey at Sunset Beach, with volunteers from Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.\Ph

CoastWatch Organizes Citizen Science Engagement

Beachgrass survey at Sunset Beach, with volunteers from Lewis and Clark National Historical Park.\Photo by Jesse Jones CoastWatch and partner organizations organize a range of citizen and community science projects throughout the coastal region. This summer, CoastWatch volunteers are actively involved in projects from Fort Stevens in Clatsop County to Rocky...Read more
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