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

Devil's Churn.\Photo by Curtis Perry.

Rocky Shore Protection Is a 2018 Goal

devils_churn_curtis_perry.jpg Oregon Shores has long advocated for increased protection of the state’s tidepools and other rocky shore areas. In 2018, we hope to see movement in that direction. Oregon’s management of our state’s rocky shore areas falls under Goal 19 of our land use planning system, the goal that governs our Territorial Sea. Plans...Read more

Oregon Rises to Oppose Ocean Oil Drilling

oil_spill_preview.png On Jan. 4, the Trump Administration abruptly announced that it planned to open 90% of U.S ocean waters to oil drilling. Lease sales would be offered in 25 of the 26 areas into which America’s federal ocean waters are divided, including the area off Oregon and Washington. At virtually the same time, the administration also announced...Read more
King Tide on the Clatsop County shore.\Photo courtesy of ORKingTides.

Final King Tide Series Now Surging

King Tide on the Clatsop County shore.\Photo courtesy of ORKingTides. The final round of the 2017-2018 King Tide Project, through which volunteer photographers document the highest tides of the year, is upon us. The third and last series of extreme high tides (known as "king tides") occurs January 2-4. (The first two rounds took place in November and December...Read more
Image of top portion of Oregon coast map, showing title.

New Oregon Coast Conservation Map Available

oregoncoastmap.jpg As part of our 2017 celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Oregon Beach Bill, Oregon Shores collaborated with Raven Maps to produce a new large-format, high resolution map of the Oregon coast, emphasizing public lands. The map is now available for order , in time to serve as a beautiful holiday gift for your...Read more
Derelict Japanese fishing vessel, debris from the tsunami, on Arcadia Beach.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium.

CoastWatcher-Aided Tsunami Debris Research Published

Derelict Japanese fishing vessel, debris from the tsunami, on Arcadia Beach.\Photo by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium. On Dec. 2, a derelict 38-foot Japanese fishing boat, debris from the 2011 tsunami that devastated Japan, washed up on Arcadia Beach south of Cannon Beach. Six years after the earthquake and tsunami on the other side of the Pacific, we’re still...Read more

Land Use Board Blocks Jordan Cove Permit

north_spit_2_alex_derr_preview.jpg Oregon’s Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) on Monday, Nov. 27, ruled in Oregon Shores’ favor in our appeal of the land use approval issued by Coos County for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. LUBA agreed with Oregon Shores on six of the seven arguments...Read more
 Chetco River jetties at high tide.\Photo by Lawrence Witt.

Curry County Considers Coastal Hazards

chetco_river_mouth_king_tide_lawrence_witt.jpg On Nov. 1, the Curry County Board of Commissioners will consider whether to pass amendments to the county’s zoning ordinance and comprehensive plan. The amendments would update county hazard planning by requiring consideration of new hazard maps issued by the Oregon Department of Geology...Read more
Anti-LNG rally at the State Capitol.\Photo courtesy of Rogue Climate.

Citizens Intervene in Jordan Cove Issue

lng_capitol_rally_11-14-16_rogue_climate.jpg The battle over the proposal to build an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay's North Spit has entered another round. And the opposition is out in full force. More than 400 conservation groups (including Oregon Shores), tribes, and individals have filed with the Federal...Read more
Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Rocky Shore Policy Review Gets Reinforcements

thors_well_bruce_swenson.jpg A becalmed effort by Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to review and update Oregon’s Rocky Shore Strategy in the Territorial Sea Plan recently got a boost. Deanna Caracciolo joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program, which supports the OPAC work, as an Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Fellow. She...Read more
Thor's well, one of Oregon's premier rocky shore areas.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Rocky Shore Policy Review Gets Reinforcements

thors_well_bruce_swenson.jpg A becalmed effort by Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to review and update Oregon’s Rocky Shore Strategy in the Territorial Sea Plan recently got a boost. Deanna Caracciolo joined the staff of the Oregon Coastal Management Program, which supports the OPAC work, as an Oregon Sea Grant Coastal Fellow. She...Read more