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 kayakers at Haystack Rock by Sonja Peterson.

Last Chance to Contribute to a Survey on Coastal Values

kayaks_haystack_sonja_peterson2.jpg What areas of the coast do you consider most precious? Which stretches of shoreline need better protection? What do you like to do when you visit the coast? How strongly to you support marine reserves, wave energy development or ocean planning? A research team at Portland State University would like to know...Read more
Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow.

Meg Reed Takes Over as Coastal Shores Specialist for DLCD

reed_meg_presenting.jpg The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has said a fond good-bye to Laren Woolley, long-time Coastal Shores Specialist, who retired at the end of September. He has been a familiar figure in discussions about coastal hazards, both those immediately threatening, such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and those playing...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

State Agencies Consider Rocky Shores Initiative

rocky_shores_at_boiler_bay_kirt_edblom.jpg Last December, Oregon Shores successfully proposed to the state’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) 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
Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh.  Photo by Bill Busch.

Improper Neskowin Shoreline Alteration Allowed by OPRD

neskowin_graham_slide_nov._12_bill_busch.jpg A plan by Neskowin homeowners Ken and Judy Graham to stabilize the eroding slope beneath their house drew an argument in opposition from Oregon Shores, but word has arrived that the...Read more
Mussels harbor countless other species and are a key component of intertidal diversity.  Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Fall Seminar Series in Charleston Open to Public

mussels_sara_schreiber.jpg The Oregon Institute of Marine Biology (OIMB) offers a seminar series each fall. The talks take place on Fridays at 4 p.m. in the Boathouse auditorium. These are serious scientific lectures, not casual presentations for interested laypeople. Those interested into delving into the perspectives of professional biologists...Read more
Photo of Otter Rock from shore.  Marine reserves are closer than you think!  Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Watchers Can Help Monitor and Protect Marine Reserves

Otter Rock from shore. Marine reserves are closer than you think! Photo by Cathy Tronquet. The boundaries of Oregon’s new system of five marine reserves are largely being honored, but there is a need for citizen observers to help keep things that way. That was the chief message delivered by Sergeant Todd Thompson of the Oregon State Police’s marine fisheries...Read more
Kids conducting their own nature study. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Oregon Shores Endorses ‘Outdoor School for All’

people_kids-tidepool_cathy_tronquet.jpg Ballot Measure 99, the “Outdoor School for All” proposition, would ensure that all Oregon middle school students gain the opportunity for a week of hands-on environmental learning. Oregon Shores urged members to sign the petition that succeeded in placing the measure on the ballot, and we now...Read more
Inner shoreline of Sand Lake spit, site of new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area.  Photo by Jim Hauge.

New Public Comment Period for Newest State Park Opens

sand_lake_spit_shoreline_by_jim_hauge.jpg After a year-long process and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has approved the master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del Mar in Tillamook County. The version of the plan for our...Read more
LNG port, of the type all too readily permitted.  Photo from FERC files.

Oregon Shores Joins Call for Review of ‘Rogue Agency’

lng_ship_terminal_ferc.jpg More than 180 organizations from 35 states have called upon Congress to launch a review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), labeling it a “rogue agency.” Oregon Shores was among them. The group’s statement asks leaders in the...Read more
Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh.  Photo by Bill Busch.

Proposed Shoreline Alteration Draws Oregon Shores’ Opposition

neskowin_graham_slide_nov._12_bill_busch.jpg A plan by Neskowin homeowners Ken and Judy Graham to stabilize the eroding slope beneath their house has drawn an argument in opposition from Oregon Shores. The Grahams have applied...Read more