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

 Anti-LNG protest in Coos Bay.  Photo by Richard Knablin.

Jordan Cove Open Houses Take Place this Week

Anti-LNG protest in Coos Bay. Photo by Richard Knablin. After being turned down flat by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a permit, the Jordan Cove Energy Project has started the process all over again, obviously hoping that new FERC commissioners appointed by President Trump will be more receptive to their scheme for developing an LNG (...Read more
Help us communicate a wide view of coastal conservation.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

Oregon Shores Seeks Communications Manager

Help us communicate a wide view of coastal conservation. Photo by Sonja Peterson. Now that our new website and database are up and running, Oregon Shores is seeking help in putting them to wider and more effective use. We have created a new, part-time position for a “Communications and Data Manager,” who will play a key role in enabling us to pursue our new...Read more

Eugene Dance Concert Will Benefit Oregon Shores

The relationship between people and nature is often described as a dance. Some Eugene-area dancers are using their skills to connect people to the coast in terpsichorean terms and benefit Oregon Shores into the bargain. Every year, Flex Studios in Eugene gives a benefit concert, with a theme and a designated beneficiary. This year their theme is coastal...Read more
Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference.  Photo by Sara Schreiber.

'Sharing the Coast' Takes Place this Weekend

Waldport High School, scene of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatch’s Sharing the Coast Conference, our 9th annual feast of information about shoreline natural history and science, takes place this year in Waldport, and is coming up this weekend, March 3-5. The public is invited, so please spread the word to anyone you know who...Read more
Yaquina River marshes drowned by a King Tide.  Photo by John Bauer.

Global Warming Commission Tracks State’s Climate Impacts

Yaquina River marshes drowned by a King Tide. Photo by John Bauer. The Oregon Global Warming Commission is a 25-member advisory group created by the 2007 Legislature. Members were appointed and directed to develop long-term policy recommendations to prepare for, adapt to, and combat global warming. Public comments can be submitted to the commission at...Read more
Waldport High School, Photo by Sara Schreiber.

Sharing the Coast Conference Arrives in March

Waldport High School, site of the Sharing the Coast Conference. Photo by Sara Schreiber. For the past eight years, CoastWatch has sponsored the Sharing the Coast Conference each spring. The event provides a wealth of background information relevant to monitoring the shoreline and participating in citizen science. The conference is open to everyone, and covers...Read more
A scene from the Elliott State Forest.  Photo courtesy of Coast Range Forest Watch.

Forest Activists Urge Public Ownership for the Elliott

A scene from the Elliott State Forest. Photo courtesy of Coast Range Forest Watch. The Oregon Department of State Lands is considering sale of the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay. The state has received a single offer to buy the 82,000 acre tract, from a consortium of Lone Rock Timber and the Cow Creek tribe. The proposal, in the view of Oregon Shores and a...Read more
King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands.  Photo by Meg Reed.

King Tide Parties Celebrate Project, Look to Future

King Tide fills Yaquina wetlands. Photo by Meg Reed. Each winter’s King Tide Project concludes with a series of wrap-up parties. These celebrate the good work that has been done, but also help to prepare us for the next year’s effort. CoastWatch, along with co-sponsors Surfrider and the Coastal Management Program, invite one and all to join one of these...Read more
Housing and Haystack Rock.  Photo by Sonja Peterson.

NOAA Completes Evaluation of Oregon Coastal Management Program

Housing and Haystack Rock. Photo by Sonja Peterson. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has just released the findings that emerged from its review of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program. For the most part, the findings are very positive—and the biggest black mark against Oregon’s coastal program isn’t something that coastal planners and...Read more
Clay Creek.  Photo courtesy of BLM.

Mid-coast Area Pioneers New Water Planning Approach

Clay Creek. Photo courtesy of BLM. A newly formed body, the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, has been convened to study the area’s water needs. The group’s meetings, open to anyone concerned about water availability and water usage, will take place during 2017 on the last Wednesday of alternate months beginning in January. The first meeting of the year...Read more