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

 Spring Street development site.\Photo by Elaine Karnes.

Geologic Permit Hearing Raises Coastal Hazard Issues

Spring Street development site.\Photo by Elaine Karnes. The Newport Planning Commission is now deliberating on a question of great interest to Oregon Shores and anyone concerned about good land use planning. The commission is considering an appeal by local citizens, with Oregon Shores in support, of a geologic permit for a proposed development on Spring St...Read more
Two Chacabuco day packs are first prizes in the raffle.

CoastWatch Raffle Rewards Participation

daypack_chacabuco30lmicg.jpg We are in the final quarter of CoastWatch’s 25th anniversary year, and hoping that the celebration will include achieving our key goals: CoastWatch reports for each mile of the coast, and improved consistency in citizen science surveys. Progress has been made, but there are still many miles that haven’t received...Read more
Port Orford Quest. Photo by Cait Goodwin.

Questing for Natural Treasures

People participating in a Quest in Port Orford. | Photo by Cait Goodwin. Quests are fun, free-choice learning adventures that use clues and hints to encourage participants to discover the natural, cultural and historical "treasures" of place and community. Suitable for groups of all ages, self-guided Quests allow lifelong learners to explore parks, trails and...Read more
 Larry Basch on the research vessel Pluteus.\Photo by Brent Lerwill.

Oregon Shores Welcomes Two New Board Members

Larry Basch on the research vessel Pluteus.\Photo by Brent Lerwill. 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 return to...Read more
 The threatened structure is in center of photo, just south of the creek.\Photo courtesy of DLCD.

Rockaway Riprap Case Bounces Back from Court

rockaway_house_aerial_view_dlcd.jpg 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 commission takes place at 6 p.m. in the council...Read more
View from the Port Orford dock.\Photo courtesy of ODFW.

Big Weekend in Port Orford Coming Up

port_orford_dock_2_odfw.jpg 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 planned for this...Read more
 Floras Lake beach.\Photo by Bob Ivey.

Curry County Considers Floras Lake Land Swap

floras_lake_beach_bob_ivey.jpg 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...Read more
 Tillamook Master Recyclers volunteers work with  Neah-Kah-Nie 7th grade students.

Tillamook Recyclers Tackle Plastics Problem at Local Level

marine_debris_tillamook_recyclers_training.jpg 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 up...Read more

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Officially Opens

sitka_sedge_dike_road_dale_harmer.jpg 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 thwarted the scheme,...Read more
The Siletz River, which Cat Tufts loved to fish.\Photo by Dennis White.

In Memoriam: Cathern Tufts

siletz_river_dennis_white.jpg 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 expertise and an important...Read more