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

 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
Snowy Plover exclusion area.  Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service.

Snowy Plover Restrictions Still in Effect

Snowy Plover exclusion area. Photo courtesy of U.S. Forest Service. Beachgoers are urged to help recovery efforts of the threatened Western Snowy Plover by respecting nesting areas and beach restrictions. These regulations went into effect for the year on March 15, and while most of the nesting season is over, the regulations remain in force through Sept. 15...Read more
Phillip Johnson's view when the idea for CoastWatch came to him.\Photo by Dennis White.

Sitka Center History Includes CoastWatch

cascade_head_trail_dennis_white.jpg Since 1970, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, on Cascade Head near Otis, has served as a refuge for artists and conservation thinkers and an incubator for creative concepts. The Center has just published a book, As Natural as the World Will Allow , authored by Sharon Overton, to celebrate that history...Read more
Sea Change

Celebrate International Coastal Cleanup Day

Courtesy of the Ocean Conservancy SEPTEMBER 16, 2017 is International Coastal Cleanup Day. Ocean trash is a serious pollution issue that affects the health of wildlife, people, and local economies. Trash on our shores and in the water increases the destruction and degradation of wildlife, water quality, and and ecosystems. In partnership with volunteer...Read more
Siletz Bay.

National Estuaries Week Arrives in September

Siletz Bay at high tide. | Photo by Meg Reed National Estuaries Week is a nationwide event supported by Restore America’s Estuaries, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Estuarine Research Reserve Association, the Association of National Estuary Programs, and countless other associations and...Read more
 Poster for the failed Oregon Beach Fund campaign.\Photo courtesy of Surfrider.

Beach-Related Bills Fail in Beach Bill Anniversary Year

beach_fund_image_courtesy_surfrider.jpg The 50th anniversary of Oregon’s Beach Bill seemed like an appropriate occasion for the Oregon Legislature to honor and extend this legacy. The legislators failed. Oregon Shores, Surfrider and other coastal conservation groups strongly supported Senate Bill 745, which would have created an Ocean...Read more
Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber.

CoastWatch Has Key Roles in Marine Debris Action Plan

Cleaning up debris on the rocky shore.\Photo by Sara Schreiber. CoastWatchers have been actively cleaning beaches of marine debris since the program was founded more than 20 years ago, and CoastWatch has had an organized marine debris project for the past six. In the wake of the 2011 Japanese tsunami, Oregon Shores (through CoastWatch) joined with four partners...Read more
Sea pickles off the coast of Oregon.

Sightings: ‘Sea Pickles’ Wash Ashore in the Pacific Northwest

Pyrosomes off the west coast of America. | Photo from University of Oregon Mysterious translucent creatures are washing ashore along the western shores of North America. Known as “sea pickles” -- the scientific name is pyrosomes -- these creatures are made up of a colony of individual zooids. A zooid is a tiny multicellular organism that makes up part of a...Read more
Photo of Rocky shores at Boiler Bay, by Kirt Edblom.

Progress Slow on Rocky Shores Initiative

Rocky shores at Boiler Bay. Photo by Kirt Edblom. More than a year ago, 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 policies...Read more