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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.
 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 our annual membership meeting on Nov. 7 in Lincoln City. (Our by-laws enable the board to add to its ranks by filling seats between annual meetings; such appointments are then ratified through the elections which are part of the formal annual meeting.)
Noah brings many strengths to the board. He is a lawyer (a graduate of the Lewis and Clark Law School), and was already serving on 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 worked in project management 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.
He 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 his passion for the Oregon coast.

 Summer Shoreline Workshops Coming Up--Register Now
Registration is now under way for CoastWatch’s 2015 Shoreline Science Workshops. 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 ... MORE 
 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

 Members Stood Up for Clean Fuels Program
Oregon Shores was a founding member of the Oregon Conservation Network, and we strongly support the OCN’s legislative agenda. A centerpiece of that agenda this year was the extension of the Clean Fuels Program, aimed at enabling the state to begin doing its share to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Passing of this bill was a triumphant moment for the environmental community. The Clean Fuels ... MORE 
 Decision Awaited on South Dunes Power Plant
The proposed Jordan Cove LNG export facility will itself be a major energy user. It can’t be built without its companion project, the proposed South Dunes Power Plant, which would generate the energy needed to compress methane into “liquefied natural gas.” Blocking construction of the power plant, then, would be a way to thwart the scheme to ship LNG from Coos Bay’s North Spit. Oregon Shores ... MORE 
 Volunteer Coordinator Tells All in Bandon
Fawn Custer.
Fawn Custer, our CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, has set up a talk Bandon that might be described as “everything you always wanted to know about the shoreline but were afraid to task.” (She is actually giving the event the humbler title of “CoastWatch findings.”)
Her presentation will take place on Saturday, July 11, at 6 p.m. in the Glass Shelter on the Port of Bandon’s Boardwalk. It is free and open to everyone.
Fawn will discuss a wide range of things found through CoastWatch beachcombing (mostly natural, but she will happily field questions on human-derived debris as well). She will have interesting items along with her for show and tell; feel free to bring your own finds to discuss.
She will also provide information about Oregon’s new marine reserves, and about opportunities for getting involved in stewardship over our shoreline and ocean.
For more information, contact the port at (541) 347-3206, or contact Fawn at (541) 270-0027 or

 Benefit Coastal Conservation While You Shop
Don't let the sun has set on coastal conservation; support Oregon Shores for 2015. Photo by Alex Derr
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 shopping. Both the Fred Meyer chain and Amazon have community-support programs in which Oregon Shores participates. These enable you to send money our way without spending an extra penny.
Fred Meyer’s Community Rewards program divides $2.5 million annually among non-profit organizations designated as beneficiaries by their members or other supporters. If you shop at a Fred Meyer store, you can help Oregon Shores to protect the coast with every purchase.
Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Oregon Shores at You can search for us by our name or by our non-profit number: 92817. Once you’ve done this, every time you use your Rewards Card, you help to build Oregon Shores’ proportionate stake in the company’s annual charitable giving.
Purchasers still earn rewards points, fuel points, and rebates; their own benefits as shoppers aren’t reduced. Rewards cards can be obtained at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
Mega-retailer Amazon also shares a bit of its vast largesse with non-profits through the AmazonSmile Foundation. By designating your favorite non-profit group (which we hope is Oregon Shores) you can ensure that a small share of the purchase price will go to support the organization’s work.
Go to'> if you would like to help Oregon Shores the next time you shop online through Amazon. You can use your regular account, and everything else will remain the same. But .05 percent of each purchase will go to us. For more information about the program, go to

 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, and we now await the decision. Our appeal challenged the massive amount of dredging and filling that the county would permit as part of the development ... MORE