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

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
Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate.

Citizens Intervene in Jordan Cove Issue

Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate. The battle over the proposal to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay's North Spit has entered another round. And the opposition is out in full force. More than 400 conservation groups (including Oregon Shores), tribes, and individals have filed with the Federal...Read more
Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Rocky Shore Policy Review Gets Reinforcements

Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson. A becalmed effort by Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to review and update Oregon’s Rocky Shore Strategy in the Territorial Sea Plan recently got a boost. Deanna Caracciolo joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program, which supports the OPAC work, as an...Read more
Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Rocky Shore Policy Review Gets Reinforcements

thors_well_bruce_swenson.jpg A becalmed effort by Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to review and update Oregon’s Rocky Shore Strategy in the Territorial Sea Plan recently got a boost. Deanna Caracciolo joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program, which supports the OPAC work, as an Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Fellow. She...Read more
Shoreline and 804 Trail at Yachats.\Photo by Rena Martin.

Bequest Will Provide Long-term Benefit to Oregon Shores

yachats_804_trail_rena_martin.jpg We were saddened by the loss of long-time Oregon Shores supporter Jerry Jones, who passed away at the end of 2016, but are glad to announce that he will remain a supporter for many years to come through a bequest he left for coastal conservation. The Jerry G. Jones Trust has funded a $100,000 permanent endowment...Read more
 Jill Josselyn, at her mountain cabin.

In Memoriam: Board Member Jill Josselyn

josselyn_jill.jpg We are greatly saddened to report the death of long-time Oregon Shores board member Jill Josselyn on Aug. 27. Jill served on the Oregon Shores board for a decade, stepping down early this year due to her declining health. Cancer which she had seemingly defeated and had long been in remission returned with a vengeance and took her life. Jill...Read more