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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.
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 New Citizen's Guide to Climate Change Adaptation Released
Storm at Netarts Bay entrance. Photo by Allison Asbjornsen.
Our Climate Program has just released a new and significantly improved version of our Citizen’s Guide: Adapting to Climate Change on the Oregon Coast . The publication, available for download here, is aimed at helping citizens build their understanding of the many ways in which the Oregon coast is likely to be affected by climate change and learn how they can involve themselves effectively in community efforts to adapt to these effects.
The new version of the Guide has two parts. “A Primer” presents an overview of climate science relevant to Oregon, potential effects, and adaptation planning at local, state, regional, and global scales. “Scientific and Policy Considerations” includes technical and policy papers written by Oregon experts in science, law, and policy in 2012. The Primer includes many links to a vast amount of additional information available on the Internet related to climate change, likely effects on the Oregon coast, and adaptation planning. The Guide is intended to stimulate action by citizens and communities to address the very real effects of Earth's rapidly changing climate.
The first edition was developed as part of our pilot Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project three years ago, when Oregon Shores developed a set of background papers written for citizens interested in climate science and planning for the future impact of climate change on the Oregon coast. For this effort we recruited some of Oregon’s most distinguished scientists whose work sheds light on these issues, along with some of our most prominent land use lawyers, to produce papers on a wide range of subjects, from sea level rise and beach erosion to state law and planning tools.
This time around, thanks to a grant from the Lamb-Baldwin Foundation, we were able to engage Bob Bailey, recently retired head of Oregon’s Coastal Management Program, to draft a new section, the “Primer,” to pull together the key themes of the disparate collection of papers, provide context, and point the way toward wider sources of information. The entire volume was re-edited by Greg McMurray, presently an environmental advisor for Oregon State University’s Pacific Marine Energy Center – South Energy Test Center; previously, he worked for 25 years for state of Oregon agencies on coastal resource and policy matters.
The Citizen’s Guide is available online without charge; our goal is to provide a useful tool for engaged coastal citizens while informing the policy debate about climate adaptation. Watch for an announcement of a forthcoming print-on-demand edition, for those who would like to purchase a hard copy.
 

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 Mark Your Calendars Early for This Summer’s Workshops
Stewart Schultz teaching at a Netarts workshop. Photo by Jim Young.
Our summer shoreline science workshops, three-day intensive encounters with coastal natural history, are the best opportunity we can offer to absorb a great deal of training for CoastWatch monitoring in short order. We don’t have all the details set as of now, but we have our basic plan.
As in past years, these workshops will be led by ecologist Stewart Schultz, author of The Northwest Coast: A Natural History, along with our own CoastWatch volunteer coordinator, Fawn Custer, herself a highly experienced marine educator.
We know dates and general locations, so we wanted to give you an early heads-up so that you can mark your calendars.
The workshops this year will have a special emphasis on our new marine reserves, and on the various citizen science projects through which CoastWatchers (and other community members) can help to monitor them. The first will take place July 18-20 in Arch Cape, near the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. The second, August 1-3 in the Lincoln City area, will connect with both the Cascade Head and Otter Rock reserves. And the final workshop is planned (still tentatively) for Port Orford, August 14-16.
We will also hold a Portland event with Stewart Schultz. Watch this space for more on that.
More details will be available soon. Online registration isn’t available yet, but if you would like to hold a place contact Fawn Custer at (541) 270-0027, fawn@oregonshores.org.
 

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 Oregon Shores Co-Founds Marine Reserves Partnership
Hart's Cove on Cascade Head, one of Oregon's new marine reserves. Photo by Alex Derr.
Having campaigned for more than a decade for the creation of Oregon’s new network of marine reserves, Oregon Shores has joined forces with five other groups to found the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. The goal of the new OMRP is to share information, promote good science and relevant research, and to engage citizens with their new marine reserves. In short, the goal is to work toward making the marine reserves successful.
Along with Oregon Shores, the OMRP members are the Audubon Society of Portland, Oceana, Surfrider Foundation, The Nature Conservancy and the Coast Range Association. Oregon Shores Executive Director Phillip Johnson and Robin Hartmann, our Ocean Policy Advocate, have been involved in the discussions over the past year that led to the formation of the partnership.
The OMRP, which officially launched in October, is working on several outreach initiatives to engage people in marine reserves and protected areas, including signage (look for backlit signs at a number of highway rest stops around the state, and this year watch for new marine reserves signs at prominent coastal locations), a new website chock full of information about the reserves, http://www.oregonmarinereserves.org, helping local groups interested in participating in marine reserve and protected area activities, and sharing information at local events. The six founding organizations each send a representative to a steering committee, which has two rotating co-chairs. The partnership has also brought aboard a coordinator, Lisa DeBruyckere, who can be reached at (503) 704-2884 or lisad@oregonmarinereserves.org.
Oregon Shores' new initiative to strengthen citizen science projects in the marine reserve areas fits into the OMRP strategy.
Notes Paul Engelmeyer of Audubon, one of the steering committee co-chairs, “People can participate in seabird monitoring, adopt a CoastWatch mile, conduct surveys to document sea star wasting syndrome, take water samples to monitor for water quality along Oregon beaches, or join a community group focused on research and volunteer activities. The OMRP can connect people to marine reserves and protected areas for the simple enjoyment of those areas as well as several different types of volunteer activities.”
The five marine reserves are Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and Redfish Rocks.
 

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