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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
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

north_spit_small_by_alex_derr.jpg 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 another sense, nothing has happened. All of which is to say that the news lately has been about...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 landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh. Photo by Bill Busch. 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...Read more
Inner shoreline of Sand Lake spit, site of new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area.  Photo by Jim Hauge.

New Public Comment Period for Newest State Park Opens

sand_lake_spit_shoreline_by_jim_hauge.jpg After a year-long process and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has approved the master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del Mar in Tillamook County. The version of the plan for our...Read more
LNG port, of the type all too readily permitted.  Photo from FERC files.

Oregon Shores Joins Call for Review of ‘Rogue Agency’

lng_ship_terminal_ferc.jpg More than 180 organizations from 35 states have called upon Congress to launch a review of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), labeling it a “rogue agency.” Oregon Shores was among them. The group’s statement asks leaders in the...Read more
Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh.  Photo by Bill Busch.

Proposed Shoreline Alteration Draws Oregon Shores’ Opposition

Neskowin landslide which homeowners hope to cover with rockfall mesh. Photo by Bill Busch. A plan by Neskowin homeowners Ken and Judy Graham to stabilize the eroding slope beneath their house has drawn an argument in opposition from Oregon Shores...Read more
View from the Aspmo property.  Photo by Bob Goldberg.

Vested Rights Threat Spurs Court Appeal

View from the Aspmo property. Photo by Bob Goldberg. Oregon Shores has gone to court, seeking a “writ of review” of what we consider a gravely erroneous decision by the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners. The commissioners voted to allow would-be developers, the Aspmo family, to build 15 houses on forested land where they would never be permitted under...Read more
Coos Bay's North Spit, looking east.  Photo by Courtney Johnson.

Coos County Ratifies Pro-LNG Decision

We have waited a long time for the official word, even though we were certain we knew what it would be. Finally, after many delays, the Coos County Board of Commissioners has affirmed most elements in the earlier decision of its appointed Hearings Officer, approving land use permits for the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility, and overruling the many contrary...Read more