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 Sitka Sedge State Natural Area sign, by Dale Harmer.

Final Chance Offered to Comment on Sitka Sedge Plan

sand_lake_spit_shoreline_by_jim_hauge.jpg It has taken nearly a year and a half and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, but the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has now approved the draft master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del Mar in Tillamook County. The...Read more
 Beached bird training.  Photo courtesy of COASST.

CoastWatch Citizen Science Projects Need More Volunteers

Beached bird training. Photo courtesy of COASST. CoastWatch has long sponsored several citizen science projects, such as the beached bird survey in which many mile adopters participate. Over the course of the past year, though, we have expanded the range of these projects. We now conduct seven citizen science projects. Through our "Community Engagement with...Read more
King Tide at Toledo boat launch.  Photo by Gregory Henton.

King Tide Project Surges Again

King Tide at Toledo boat launch. Photo by Gregory Henton. For the seventh year, Oregonians are participating in the King Tide Project, the state’s branch of an international citizen science initiative. The project is sponsored in Oregon each year by CoastWatch, along with the Coastal Management Program of the Department of Land Conservation and Development, and...Read more
Photo of Horsfall Beach by Dina Pavlis.

Strategy Group Creating Dunes Restoration Plan

Horsfall Beach at the southern end of the Oregon Dunes. Photo by Dina Pavlis. The Oregon Dunes, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States, is a dynamic landscape. Their dynamism depends on moving sand. The introduction of non-native species, especially the highly invasive European beachgrass, has created a severe threat to the dunes, through...Read more
Photo of Coos Bay's North Spit -- note North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built, by Alex Derr.

Jordan Cove LNG Proposal Remains on Hold

Coos Bay's North Spit, with North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built. Photo by Alex Derr. In one sense, a lot has been going on with regard to Oregon Shores’ long-running struggle (together with many allies) to block development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit. In...Read more
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

Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow. 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...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