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The Beach Fund bill will help us care for Oregon's public beaches.  Photo by Kirt Edblom.

Key Bills in Salem Affect the Coast

beach_walkers_kirt_edblom.jpg The Environmental Lobby Day for this year’s legislative session, when the state's conservation groups come together to make their voices heard in Salem, has come and gone (it took place March 23). But the legislatiive session continues, and Oregon Shores is tracking a number of bills that affect the coast. Led by board...Read more
 Anti-LNG protest in Coos Bay.  Photo by Richard Knablin.

Jordan Cove Open Houses Take Place this Week

lng_coos_bay_rally_richard_knablin.jpg After being turned down flat by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for a permit, the Jordan Cove Energy Project has started the process all over again, obviously hoping that new FERC commissioners appointed by President Trump will be more receptive to their scheme for developing an LNG (...Read more
A scene from the Elliott State Forest.  Photo courtesy of Coast Range Forest Watch.

Forest Activists Urge Public Ownership for the Elliott

elliott_state_forest_coast_range_forest_watch_crop.jpg The Oregon Department of State Lands is considering sale of the Elliott State Forest near Coos Bay. The state has received a single offer to buy the 82,000 acre tract, from a consortium of Lone Rock Timber and the Cow Creek tribe. The proposal, in the view of Oregon Shores...Read more
Clay Creek.  Photo courtesy of BLM.

Mid-coast Area Pioneers New Water Planning Approach

Clay Creek. Photo courtesy of BLM. A newly formed body, the Mid-Coast Water Planning Partnership, has been convened to study the area’s water needs. The group’s meetings, open to anyone concerned about water availability and water usage, will take place during 2017 on the last Wednesday of alternate months beginning in January. The first meeting of the year...Read more
North Spit wetlands near Jordan Cove site.

Jordan Cove LNG Battle Will Continue

north_spit_wetlands_north_of_jordan_cove.jpg Less than a week after the Jordan Cove Energy Project’s proposed LNG (liquefied natural gas) project appeared dead, having received a final denial from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the hopes of opponents, including Oregon Shores, were dashed. Jordan Cove announced that it...Read more
Coos Bay's North Spit. Photo by Alex Derr.

FERC Issues Final Denial of Jordan Cove LNG Export Plan

Coos Bay's North Spit. Photo by Alex Derr. Great news arrived today (12/9/2016). The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission issued a final denial of the proposed Jordan Cove LNG (liquefied natural gas) export terminal on Coos Bay’s North Spit. This may not be the final conclusion to the story, but it is a major breakthrough for the coalition that has opposed LNG...Read more
Photo of Sitka Sedge State Natural Area sign, by Dale Harmer.

Final Chance Offered to Comment on Sitka Sedge Plan

sand_lake_spit_shoreline_by_jim_hauge.jpg It has taken nearly a year and a half and several rounds of public hearings and comment periods, but the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission has now approved the draft master plan for the new Sitka Sedge State Natural Area Master Plan just north of Tierra del Mar in Tillamook County. The...Read more
Photo of Horsfall Beach by Dina Pavlis.

Strategy Group Creating Dunes Restoration Plan

Horsfall Beach at the southern end of the Oregon Dunes. Photo by Dina Pavlis. The Oregon Dunes, the longest stretch of coastal dunes in the United States, is a dynamic landscape. Their dynamism depends on moving sand. The introduction of non-native species, especially the highly invasive European beachgrass, has created a severe threat to the dunes, through...Read more
Photo of Coos Bay's North Spit -- note North Bend airport runway in the distance, pointed at where the LNG tanks would have been built, by Alex Derr.

Jordan Cove LNG Proposal Remains on Hold

north_spit_small_by_alex_derr.jpg In one sense, a lot has been going on with regard to Oregon Shores’ long-running struggle (together with many allies) to block development of an LNG (liquefied natural gas) export facility on Coos Bay’s North Spit. In another sense, nothing has happened. All of which is to say that the news lately has been about...Read more
Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow.

Meg Reed Takes Over as Coastal Shores Specialist for DLCD

Meg Reed presenting her findings as a Coastal Fellow. The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) has said a fond good-bye to Laren Woolley, long-time Coastal Shores Specialist, who retired at the end of September. He has been a familiar figure in discussions about coastal hazards, both those immediately threatening, such as earthquakes and...Read more