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

 Larry Basch on the research vessel Pluteus.\Photo by Brent Lerwill.

Oregon Shores Welcomes Two New Board Members

basch_larry_rv_pluteus_brent_lerwill_cropped.jpeg During its last meeting, the Oregon Shores board welcomed two new members through interim appointments. Both will stand for election to full terms in the coming winter’s general membership election. The board also elected officers. Allison Asbjornsen, a former board president, will...Read more
 The threatened structure is in center of photo, just south of the creek.\Photo courtesy of DLCD.

Rockaway Riprap Case Surfaces Again

The threatened structure is in center of photo, just south of the creek.\Photo courtesy of DLCD. The hearing that will be held in Rockaway on Wednesday, Sept. 5, on property owner Tai Dang’s effort to riprap his threatened house, is the latest round in a long battle that has taken place over several years. The joint hearing by the city council and planning...Read more
View from the Port Orford dock.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Big Weekend in Port Orford Coming Up

View from the Port Orford dock.\Photo courtesy of ODFW. One of CoastWatch’s goals for 2018 is to bolster our citizen science projects on the south coast. Assisted by a grant from the Oregon Parks Foundation Fund that helps to cover travel and other costs, we are trying to give the southern coastal counties some special attention. The full weekend of activities...Read more
 Floras Lake beach.\Photo by Bob Ivey.

Curry County Considers Floras Lake Land Swap

Floras Lake beach.\Photo by Bob Ivey. The fate of county-owned lands bordering Curry County’s Floras Lake has been periodically at issue for decades, as county commissioners and businesspeople have contemplated development schemes for this natural area. Oregon Shores has opposed each proposal, and local conservationists have organized very effectively to beat...Read more
Motel currently located at Coquille Point.\Photo by Vickie Crowley.

Coquille Point Threatened by Hotel Proposal

Motel currently located at Coquille Point.\Photo by Vickie Crowley. Just about three decades ago, Oregon Shores was actively engaged in a land use battle over plans for Coquille Point in Bandon, supporting a host of dedicated local residents. Many in city government were pushing for development, but citizen advocacy prevailed. Almost all of the potentially...Read more
 Tillamook Master Recyclers volunteers work with  Neah-Kah-Nie 7th grade students.

Tillamook Recyclers Tackle Plastics Problem at Local Level

Tillamook Master Recyclers volunteers work with Neah-Kah-Nie 7th grade students. Plastics in the environment is a world wide problem, but there are actions that can be taken in local communities to reduce plastic waste in our oceans and alert people to this important conservation issue. The Tillamook County Master Recyclers are doing just that. They have taken...Read more

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Officially Opens

View of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area from dike road. | Photo by Dale Harmer. One of Oregon Shores’ greatest triumphs was the preservation of the Sand Lake Spit. In the early part of this century, the area, then known as the Beltz Farm, was under threat of resort development. Working with local supporters in adjacent Tierra del Mar, Oregon Shores successfully...Read more
The Siletz River, which Cat Tufts loved to fish.\Photo by Dennis White.

In Memoriam: Cathern Tufts

The Siletz River, which Cat Tufts loved to fish.\Photo by Dennis White. We’re saddened to report the death of long-time Oregon Shores board member Cathern Tufts, who passed away recently due to complications from the flu. Cat was a valued board member, and served as Oregon Shores’ board secretary for several years. She also brought very relevant professional...Read more
 Nestucca River scene.\Photo by Dennis White.

Fish and Wildlife Priorities Will Be Subject of Town Halls

Nestucca River scene.\Photo by Dennis White. The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) is offering a series of “town halls” around the state, to give members of the public an opportunity to weigh in on the agency’s priorities as it develops its proposed 2019-2021 budget. A particular concern is the lack of funding in the department’s initial plans for...Read more