|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.|
| Jul 3 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 email@example.com.
| Fri Aug 28 LNG Opponents Attempt to Hold the Line in Warrenton|
|Oregon Shores has been working with Columbia Riverkeeper and local activists to oppose the “Oregon LNG” terminal and pipeline proposal. A crucial moment is coming up, as the City of Warrenton considers land use permits for the Oregon LNG facility. The LNG issue involves everything from fracking to interstate pipelines to global energy prices to public safety, yet a land use decision by Warrenton could serve as a pinch-point for the entire project. |
Our Coastal Law Project collaborated with Columbia Riverkeeper’s Lauren Goldberg on extensive comments to the city, which we have submitted in advance of the hearing. Courtney Johnson, the attorney working on our behalf, has contributed sections on public access to the estuary that could be blocked, natural hazard concerns and other shoreline issues.
Citizens can comment on their own behalf through Sept. 2. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org, or attend the hearing and comment in person. The city’s public hearing will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2 at the Warrenton Community Center (170 S.W. 3rd Street). Public testimony will take place after presentations from Oregon LNG and the Warrenton city staff. Public comment may be limited to three minutes, so it's a good idea to offer written comments if you have more lengthy concerns.
Breaking news: The first hearing last night was completely packed with opponents--so many that people had to be turned away. So a second hearing has been scheduled for this evening (Thursday, Sept. 3), 5 p.m. at the Warrenton Community Center.
While LNG export raises a host of issues, the land use decision in Warrenton will involve strictly local impacts. Oregon Shores and other opponents argue that the city should not grant Oregon LNG a “Hardship Variance” allowing the company to fill nearly 35 acres of high-quality wetlands designated in the city’s plan as “locally significant.” Building the LNG terminal would also contradict the city plan’s goal of maintaining “the integrity of estuary and coastal waters.”
We also argue that the project if built would impinge on the public’s rights to use the Skipanon and Columbia rivers for fishing and recreational purposes. The project would cut off public access, violating the city’s comprehensive plan. The property contains many trails as well as a currently surveyed public right-of-way. While loss of access may be dwarfed by the issue of global warming in the larger context, public access is a key planning concern on the coast, and one that Oregon Shores has battled over many times. If these local stewardship issues provide the means to block a project that would do global harm, so much the better.
Clatsop County has already denied permits for the pipeline that would stretch across the county. While Oregon LNG fights that decision, an adverse decision by the City of Warrenton could deal the project a fatal blow.
| Jul 1 Benefit Coastal Conservation While You Shop|
Don't let the sun has set on coastal conservation; support Oregon Shores for 2015. Photo by Alex DerrOregon 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 www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. 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 http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0952202'>http://smile.amazon.com/ch/93-0952202 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 http://smile.amazon.com/about/ref=smi_ge_rcl_lm_raas.
| Jun 7 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 ...