Land Use Events

Jun
28

Offshore Wind Comment Deadline

June 28, 2022

 

Close-up of offshore wind turbine.
Close-up of offshore wind turbine.\Photo courtesy of BOEM.

The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management has designated two “call areas” for siting offshore wind energy turbines off Oregon’s coast (west of Coos Bay and Brookings).  Once these areas have been confirmed after a comment...

Jun
30

Shoreline Access Survey

June 30, 2022

 

Muriel Ponsler Wayside.
Muriel Ponsler Wayside.\Photo courtesy of 100 Steps.

The Oregon Coastal Management Program has begun a study of public access to Oregon’s public shore.  With more and more people visiting the coast, and many private owners seeking ways to exclude the public, this is an increasingly...

Jul
1

Guided Netarts Spit Walk--Now Full

July 1, 2022, Netarts


Netarts Spit.
Netarts Spit from Anderson's viewpoint.\Photo by Kirt Edblom.

An opportunity to explore the Netarts Spit and learn about its natural history is offered by the Friends of Netarts Spit WEBS and Portland Audubon, along with Oregon State Parks.  The beachwalk begins at 8 a.m. on Friday, July 1,...

Past Events

Jan
6

Deadline for Public Comment on Northwest Forest Plans

January 6, 2017

Forest riparian zone, Sweet Creek Falls. Photo by Dennis White.
Forest riparian zone, Sweet Creek Falls. Photo by Dennis White.

See a previous conservation calendar listing about an opportunity to comment in person on the scientific aspects of the new draft Northwest Forest Plan for the region’s national forests, on Tuesday, December 6, at a “Public...

Dec
31

Deadline to Comment on Sitka Sedge Master Plan

December 31, 2016

Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, inside the dike. Photo by Dale Harmer.
Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, inside the dike. Photo by Dale Harmer.

The draft master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area, on the Sand Lake Spit, has been approved by the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.  The public now has a final chance to comment in the planning...

Dec
15

Astoria Rally for River Restoration

December 15, 2016, Astoria

Columbia River near Astoria. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.
Near Columbia River mouth (Astoria in the background), where Snake River salmon begin their river journey. Photo by Tiffany Boothe.

(Note:  This event, originally scheduled for Dec. 8, was postponed due to weather.  This new schedule is tentative.  Watch this space for updated...

Dec
13

Hearing on Sale of Elliott State Forest

December 13, 2016, Salem

Elliott State Forest. Photo courtesy of State of Oregon.
Elliott State Forest. Photo courtesy of State of Oregon.

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. ...

Dec
10

Coastal Tectonics Lecture

December 10, 2016, Yachats

Photo of Bob Lillie.
Bob Lillie.

The geologic forces that sculpt the beautiful Oregon coast also pose threats.  Bob Lillie, an Oregon State University emeritus professor of geosciences, will discuss the connection between hazards, such as earthquakes and tsunami, and iconic coastal scenery in his talk, “Beauty...

Dec
6

Public Forum on Northwest Forest Plans

December 6, 2016, Portland

Forest riparian zone, Sweet Creek Falls. Photo by Dennis White.
Forest riparian zone, Sweet Creek Falls. Photo by Dennis White.

Those concerned about forest policy will have an opportunity to comment in person on the scientific aspects of the new draft Northwest Forest Plan for the region’s national forests.  On Tuesday, December 6, a “Public Forum for...

Nov
30

Public Comment Deadline: Beach Driving in Lincoln City

November 30, 2016

Photo of vehicle access to beach in Lincoln City, by Lois Hartwig.
Access at N. 15th St., the other vehicle access point in Lincoln City. Photo by Lois Hartwig.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is extending the public comment period through Nov. 30 on a proposed rule change that would close a 300-foot section of the beach to motor vehicles...

Nov
22

Coastal Landscape Planning Meeting

November 22, 2016, Portland

Photo of the Alsea River estuary courtesy of The Wetlands Conservancy.
Photo of the Alsea River estuary courtesy of The Wetlands Conservancy.

Those with an interest in big-picture approaches to understanding vast landscapes will want to take note of a meeting taking place in Portland on Nov. 22. 

The meeting concerns a “blueprint” for planning a “climate...

Nov
19

Cannon Beach Salmon Celebration

November 19, 2016, Cannon Beach

Salmon spawning. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.
Salmon spawning. Photo by Cathy Tronquet.

Everyone is invited to a community festival and potluck dinner, the “Return of the Salmon Celebration,” hosted by the Ecola Creek Awareness Project on Saturday, Nov. 19, beginning at 6 p.m. in the Cannon Beach Community Hall (2nd and Spruce).

To share...

Nov
17

Columbia River Estuary Action Team Meeting

November 17, 2016, Astoria

Columbia River estuary. Photo by Sonja Peterson.
Photo caption: Looking past Astoria to the bridge and the Columbia River estuary. Photo by Sonja Peterson.

In the wake of the community’s successful resistance to the proposed—and now defeated— "Oregon LNG" export facility, citizens of the lower Columbia area formed the Columbia River...