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In Oregon, the beaches belong to the people. As part of Oregon's tradition of environmental stewardship, the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition serves as the guardian of the public interest for our coastal region. Oregon Shores is dedicated to preserving the natural communities, ecosystems and landscapes of the Oregon coast while conserving the public's access.  Oregon Shores pursues these ends through education, advocacy, and engaging citizens to keep watch over and defend the Oregon coast.
 Still Time to Join Shoreline Science Workshops--Register Now!
Last years workshop led by Stewart Schultz.
The second of CoastWatch's shoreline workshops for summer, 2015, takes place Saturday-Monday, Aug. 1-3, in Depoe Bay. Online registration is still under way for this and the final workshop in Port Orford Aug. 14-16, and places are still available, but time is growing short. Please make plans to join us, and register today.
These three-day, intensive encounters with natural history and science are the best opportunity we offer each year to gain a great deal of information about the coastal environment in one concentrated dose. While the workshops are designed to be particularly helpful to volunteers (or prospective volunteers) in our CoastWatch program, all comers are welcome. The experience will be valuable to anyone who cares about the coast. You will be exposed to a wide array of information and insights, you will get to know key habitat areas in one portion of the coast in fascinating detail, and you will spend three days enjoying the coastal realm and getting to know fellow naturalists (experienced or novice) and conservationists. We've already held one successful workshop in Arch Cape this summer--now, on to Depoe Bay!
To register and get more information, go here.
As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of "The Northwest Coast: A Natural History," along with our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, herself a highly experienced marine educator. You’ll learn about tidepools, beaches and dunes, estuaries and coastal forests, and offshore ecosystems. The workshops consist of a mix of lectures, field trips, and laboratory experiences.
This year's workshops will place special emphasis on Oregon's new marine reserves and on the various citizen science projects through which CoastWatchers (and other community members) can help to monitor them. The Depoe Bay workshop will focus on the Cascade Head and Otter Rock reserves, the natural wealth they protect and the ways in which citizens and local communities can get engaged with these special places. Here’s the remaining schedule for the summer:

*August 1-3
Depoe Bay Community Hall
220 SE Bay St., Depoe Bay
*August 14-16
Port Orford Sea Grant meeting room
444 Jackson St., Port Orford
For more information, contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027 or

 Oregon Shores Launches Website Transformation Campaign
A prototype page for the new website.
A glance at the pages of this website reveals that Oregon Shores is deeply engaged in a wide range of conservation work, from citizen science and marine reserves to land use and water quality issues. We’ve built a long record of accomplishment, but have done so struggling with rusty digital tools.
Many of us have a certain fondness for the one-of-a-kind website you’re visiting now. It was custom-designed with features that were unique in their day, and it has carried us through many initiatives and many battles. Yet the website is limited in many ways and badly in need of an upgrade. Likewise, the “back-end” technology that supports our membership data and communications is cumbersome and lacking the kind of capacity a thoroughly modern system would provide. Plus, the new CoastWatch-organized citizen science projects would benefit greatly from more sophisticated tools for gathering and displaying shoreline observations and measurements. We are eager to further our citizen science work by creating interactive maps and making connections with national and international data-sharing systems.
The Oregon Shores Board of Directors has just launched a major campaign to improve our technical capacity, both online and "behind the scenes." We have engaged Portland’s Dorey Design Group to assist us in working toward a complete transformation of our website and a thorough enhancement of the technology that powers our communications, membership management, and data collection and analysis for coastal monitoring.
We have set ourselves an ambitious goal. This multifaceted technological transformation comes with a $38,000 price tag, of which $5,000 is already in hand. To complete this vital one-time project, we ask our members, and all those who wish to see coastal conservation prosper, to help us raise the remaining $33,000.
Once the transition is complete, you will find a website that is easier to read and navigate—not to mention more beautiful and engaging, with more photos, videos, maps, and ways to interact with fellow coastal conservationists. You will find more and better tools to help you monitor a CoastWatch mile, participate in a citizen science project, or get active on a land use or water quality issue. The new site will also give you access to a rich trove of information on key topics like marine reserves, shoreline habitats, invasive species, and adaptive planning.
To contribute, click on the Donate Now button on this site, or write to us at P.O. Box 33, Seal Rock, OR 97376. If your gift is intended as a special donation in support of the website project, please be sure to note this on the check or in the Comments section of the online form.
For more information about the details of this project, send email to

 Oregon Shores Welcome Newest Board Member
Noah Winchester on surfing tour.
We’re pleased to introduce Noah Winchester as the latest addition to the Oregon Shores Board of Directors. He was elected by the board as an interim appointment, and will stand for election for a full term at the organization's annual membership meeting on Nov. 7 in Lincoln City. (Our by-laws enable the board to fill open seats between annual meetings; such appointed board members serve until the next annual meeting, at which the membership holds a formal vote.)
Noah brings many strengths to the board. He is a lawyer (a graduate of Lewis and Clark Law School), and has been assisting Oregon Shores with his legal skills as a member of our Coastal Law Project’s steering committee. As an attorney, he worked with former Oregon Shores board member Steve Schell at Black Helterline on land use and conservation issues, including Clean Water Act cases and the Portland Harbor Superfund site. He did pro bono work for Friends of the Columbia Gorge, and represented clients on renewable energy projects.
He also has an engineering background, with a B.A. from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and has been a project manager for engineering firms. He is currently a senior account manager for SICK, Inc., managing sales and projects in the areas of aerospace, semiconductor, and biomedical manufacturing.
Noah is also active in various types of outdoor recreation, especially surfing (he is a member of the Association of Surfing Lawyers!), and has strong ties to the outdoor recreation community.
The Oregon Shores board looks forward to calling on Noah’s diverse skills, as well as drawing on his passion for the Oregon coast.

 Benefit Coastal Conservation While You Shop
Oregon Shores needs the support of all our members, and all those who care about protecting our coastal environment, if our initiatives in such key areas as citizen science, marine reserves, and shoreline protection are to succeed. You can help by joining or renewing your membership, and by making additional contributions. But another way to assist us--and benefit us all year long--is by ... MORE 
 State Parks Turns Down Rockaway Riprap Application
Victories are all too rare in the battle against the spread of shoreline armoring, but news has just arrived that Oregon Shores and local residents have succeeded in blocking a major riprap proposal in Rockaway. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD), which has jurisdiction over shoreline alterations that would affect the public beach, announced today (June 23) that the proposal from ... MORE 
 Photos Shared with Oregon Shores Help Us Illustrate Our Work
As you've likely noticed if you visit this website regularly, Oregon Shores uses numerous photographs of the shoreline and of the entire coastal region. We illustrate articles on this website, and we also use photos in newsletters and e-bulletins and in various other publications, such as CoastWatch handouts. We’re constantly searching for new images of the coast. Some we seek for their sheer ... MORE 
 Oregon Shores Appeals County Decision on Jordan Cove LNG Plant
Citing a wide range of errors and oversights, Oregon Shores appealed Coos County’s administrative approval of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) facility on the North Spit. The public hearing on our appeal took place May 29, we just recently filed our rebuttal arguments to the developer's counter-claims, and we now await the decision. Our appeal challenged the massive amount of ... MORE