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

Photo of the wreck of the Peter Iredale, by H. Kroggins.

Photos Shared with Oregon Shores Help Illustrate Our Work

peteriredale.jpg As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for...Read more
Black Oystercatcher with chick.  Photo by Heather Roskelley.

Catch These Opportunities for Oystercatcher Survey Training

CoastWatch sponsors a great deal of citizen science activity, but some of our partners in the Oregon Marine Debris Team also offer opportunities to assist in scientific observation. One of these is Portland Audubon, which sponsors a Black Oystercatcher survey and is looking for new volunteers. Black Oystercatcher with chick. Photo by Heather Roskelley....Read more
Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

Oregon LNG Threat in Warrenton Appears to Have Ended

Site of proposed Oregon LNG export terminal. Photo by Tiffany Boothe. In surprising and extremely hopeful news, Oregon LNG has withdrawn its application to develop an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton. Oregon LNG informed both the city of Warrenton and the state's Department of Environmental Quality on Friday,...Read more
Patrick Willis.

Newest Member Brings Education Background to Board

willis_patrick.jpg At its most recent meeting on Saturday, April 9, the Oregon Shores Board of Directors augmented its ranks by voting Patrick Willis to an interim seat. (Under Oregon Shores’ by-laws, the board can appoint new members between annual membership meetings. Such board appointees then stand for election before the membership at the annual meeting...Read more
Sand Lake shoreline in new Sitka Sedge State Park. Photo by Jim Hauge.

Final Round of Hearings on New State Park Announced

sandlakespitshorelinejimhauge.jpg The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is closing in on a master plan for the coast’s newest state park. A third and final set of public hearings on the draft master plan for Sitka Sedge State Park, at Sand Lake north of Pacific City, is coming up in May. Oregon Shores, represented by board member...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.

FERC Denies Permit for Jordan Cove LNG Export Facility at Coos Bay, but Promoters will Keep Trying

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 a stunning development, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, which very seldom turns down any energy facility permit application, has denied a permit for the Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Land Use Agency Will Consider Rocky Shores Initiative

Rocky shores at Boiler Bay. Photo by Kirt Edblom. In December, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) that it is high time 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...Read more

Register Now for ‘Sharing the Coast’ in 2016

An intriguing line-up of speakers, a host of compelling workshops, some fascinating field trips and plenty of opportunity to socialize with fellow coast-lovers await you at this year’s 8 th annual Sharing the Coast Conference. CoastWatch collaborates each year with the Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) in sponsoring this annual event, which offers a wealth of information to those...Read more
Photo of Eagle perched on Sand Lake spit, by Jim Hauge.

Hearings Held on Plans for New State Park

sand_lake_eagle_by_jim_hauge.jpg The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (aka "State Parks") is working on a plan for what will be known as the Sitka Sedge State Park on the former “Beltz Farm” property, acquired for the public and slated to become a largely natural state park. Two public hearings were held during January, one in Pacific City...Read more

Rockaway Planning Commission Hears Another Appeal of Riprap Decision

Rental house threatened by erosion in Rockaway, after recent storms. Photo by Scott Gilbert. The controversial proposal for a major riprap installation in Rockaway came back into public view on Tuesday, Jan. 26, when the city’s planning commission held its second public hearing on the issue. Developer Tai Dang applied last year for permission to armor the...Read more