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

Support Oregon Shores This Giving Season

There are many ways to support Oregon Shores this Giving Tuesday and throughout the holiday season. We rely on our members' support to continue working on marine conservation, land use planning, and climate change. You can purchase an Oregon Shores membership for yourself, your family, or give one as a gift. Learn more about our membership options here...Read more

Rocky Habitat Proposals Reach Decision Stage

The view from Blacklock Point.\Photo by Alex Derr. The state of Oregon is developing a new Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, the first revision of Oregon’s policy for protecting rocky intertidal and nearshore subtidal ecosystems since 1994. Oregon Shores has been actively engaged in this slow-moving process for more than four years. The basic framework of the...Read more
Christmas lights at Shore Acres State Park.\Photo by Bruce Swenson.

Support Oregon Shores While You Shop

Christmas lights at Shore Acres State Park.\Photo by Bruce Swenson. We're heading into the season in which, for better or worse, a lot of shopping takes place. There are many ways to support Oregon Shores and coastal conservation. Perhaps somewhat counter-intuitively, one of those ways can be shopping. Both Amazon and Fred Meyer have community support programs...Read more
King tide on Nehalem spit.

King Tides Project about to Surge Again

King tide assaults the Hwy 101 seawall at Waldport.\Photo by Roy Lowe. The Oregon King Tides Project is entering its 13th year. Here are the dates for the three high-tide sequences that will be the focus for the 2022-2023 edition of the project: Nov. 24-26, Dec. 22-24, and Jan. 20-22, 2023. We will be hosting a set of King Tides-related events to provide...Read more
Yaquina Bay and Newport.

Oregon Shores Hiring for New Land Use Position

Yaquina Bay and Newport.\Photo by Rena Olson, with support from Lighthawk. Oregon Shores is building capacity and adding staff as we tackle new challenges and new opportunities. We recently announced that we are hiring a new Executive Director, while the current executive director moves into a newly created position, that of Conservation Director (see following...Read more
Rocky intertidal habitat at Oswald West State Park.

Decisions Coming on Rocky Habitat Protection Proposals

Rocky intertidal at Oswald West State Park.\Photo by Molly Sultany. What’s next for designating new rocky habitats in Oregon? Six proposals are alive and in continuing consultation. These sites include Ecola Point and Chapman Point in Clatsop County, Blacklock Point in Curry, Cape Foulweather, Cape Lookout in Tillamook, and Fogarty Creek and Cape Foulweather in...Read more
View south from Rocky Point.

Board Announces Transition Plan

View south from Rocky Point.\Photo by Randy Scholten. September 9, 2022 The Oregon Shores board is excited to share big news. With the addition of a half-time Communications Coordinator earlier this year and plans underway to create a new position, Land Use Coordinator, focused on planning for estuaries, we are well situated to make a greater impact in 2023...Read more
Image of CoastWatch iNaturalist Challenge banner over photo of sea anemones.

CoastWatch Fall Challenge

CoastWatch is inaugurating a new, special project this autumn, the CoastWatch Fall iNaturalist Challenge, which will take place Sept. 23-Oct. 3. (Note--this event has been extended by one day, through 11:50 p.m. Oct. 3.) The ten-day challenge, which anyone (not just CoastWatchers) can join, is in effect a coastwide bioblitz, during which CoastWatch mile adopters and others are invited to observe...Read more
Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of Stanford University.

Offshore Wind Energy Planning in Next Phase

Offshore wind turbines.\Photo courtesy of NOAA. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) has Oregon in its sights for development of wind energy turbines in federal waters off our shores. In conjunction with the state’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, BOEM planners have been assessing Oregon’s wind energy potential. Earlier this...Read more
Sea otters in the Gulf of Alaska, where populations have been restored. /photo by Kedar Gadge, Unspl

Sea Otter Study Points to Reintroduction Feasibility

Sea otters in the Gulf of Alaska, where populations have been restored. /photo by Kedar Gadge, On July 27, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) released a report to Congress supporting the feasibility of reintroducing sea otters to their historic range on the Pacific...Read more