Land Use News Archive

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Riprap revetment being installed at Pine Beach.

Appeal of Tillamook County Riprap Case Enters Next Phase

Houses at Pine Beach for which riprap is being sought.\Photo by Chris Berrie. Last November, Oregon Shores appealed a decision by Tillamook County allowing a major shoreline armoring project to take place through an “exception” to statewide land use law. Surfrider Foundation joined us in the appeal. The case has become notorious, not only because the county's...Read more

Speak Out on Forest Plans and Water Quality

Clearcut in the Siuslaw River watershed.\Photo by Rena Olson, with support from Lighthawk. The Oregon Department of Forestry (ODF) is accepting comments about both its Forest Management Plan (FMP) and its Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). Our colleagues with the North Coast Communities for Watershed Protection are asking for the public’s help in calling for...Read more

Oregon Shores Launches Eelgrass Project

Eelgrass bed meets mudflat in Coos Bay.\Photo by Mike Graybill. We work to protect a wide range of coastal habitats, from watersheds to offshore reefs. But no resource we work on is more important than the state’s estuaries. A critical component of estuarine ecosystems is eelgrass. Oregon Shores is committed to preserving the remaining eelgrass habitat in our...Read more

Snowy Plover Nesting Season Underway

Snowy plover exclusion area.\Photo courtesy of USFWS. Oregon’s conservationists and resource agencies have been engaged in a decades-long effort to restore the state’s population of the Western Snowy Plover, an endangered shorebird that nests on Oregon beaches (the only shorebird that breeds here). We are now in the nesting season, the crucial period for...Read more

Feds Uphold State’s Jordan Cove Denial

Proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal, artist's conception.\Image courtesy of Jordan Cove Energy Project. Oregon Shores has been fighting the effort to site an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit for well over a decade. There have been many twists and turns to the saga. But the latest development is extremely important for...Read more

Major Land Use Victory Blocks Jordan Cove

Protest against Jordan Cove in North Bend.\Photo by Jody McCaffree. The Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA) has awarded Oregon Shores and allies a significant, multi-part victory in our efforts to block the proposed Jordan Cove LNG export terminal. In a decision handed down on Dec. 22, LUBA overturned Coos County’s permits for the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s...Read more

Oregon Shores Joins Defense of Endangered Species Act

Western Snowy Plovers at South Beach.\Photo by Molly Sultany. Oregon Shores joined 45 other ocean conservation groups recently in protesting an attempt by the Trump administration to cripple the Endangered Species Act, with new definitions of “habitat” which would severely limited the law’s effectiveness. To see our joint comment,...Read more
Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis.

Scotch Broom Stalkers Needed in May

Volunteers removing Scotch Broom in the Oregon Dunes.\Photo by Dina Pavlis. As invasive plants on the Oregon coast go, Scotch Broom is second only to European beachgrass in the extent to which it has occupied and reshaped shoreline, bluff, and dune habitats. The Western Invasives Network has declared a Great Scotch Broom Census, to take place during the entire...Read more
Jordan Cove (foreground) and North Spit.\Photo by Rena Olson.

Jordan Cove Gets FERC’s Rubber-Stamp

Jordan Cove (foreground) and North Spit.\Photo by Rena Olson. As expected, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) granted its conditional approval to the Jordan Cove LNG export terminal proposed for Coos Bay’s North Spit on Thursday, March 19. The approval also includes the associated Pacific Connector pipeline, which would carry the gas across the...Read more

State Denies Jordan Cove’s ‘Consistency’

Jordan Cove (to the left of photo) and Coos Bay\photo by Rena Olson The long battle over the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility entered a new phase recently, with the state’s denial of the project as being inconsistent with Oregon’s coastal management policies. A scheduled decision by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC...Read more