On March 27th, Governor Ted Kulongoski demonstrated his ability to both listen and lead by issuing Executive Order (EO) No. 08-07, “Directing State Agencies to Protect Coastal Communities in Siting Marine Reserves and Wave Energy Projects.” The directive was unveiled during Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) Marine Reserve Working Group meeting in Newport and arrives on the heels of a coastal “listening tour” conducted by the Governor’s chief of staff, Chip Terhune, as well as a series of eight public meetings hosted by SeaGrant in key fishing ports as part of the OPAC outreach effort on marine reserves. ment to a bottom-up approach based on science, giving “priority consideration” to sites coming from “coastal community nominating teams” and clarifying that nominating and evaluation processes will utilize the expertise of OPAC’s Science & Technical Advisory Committee (STAC).



Allison Asbjornsen, President Bill Kabeiseman, Vice President Anne Squier, Treasurer Cathern Tufts, Secretary Kitty Brigham Bill June Kris Olson Steve Schell H. Eric Watkins

The EO provides coastal communities with more breathing room, as requested by ports and fishermen, but lays out a clear timeline for 2008: July 1st to complete a nomination form; November 1st to submit a marine reserves budget proposal to prepare the governor and his agencies for 2009 legislative session funding requests; December 1st for OPAC’s use of a “coarse filter” to review public nominations; and end of the year for a more thorough nominaThe EO places Roy Elicker, director of Oregon tions review by agencies, using STAC and Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), or other scientific and technical expertise. The the director’s designee, Ed Bowles, who is new schedule allows for agency rulemaking ODFW’s Fish Division Administrator, as the sometime after the next legislative session. Governor’s representative to OPAC. Both were in attendance at the OPAC meeting. During the March 28th OPAC meeting, CounThe EO also clarifies the Governor’s commit(Continued on page 4)



Oregon Shores is seeking solutions for south coast rivers thanks to a matching grant from the Jubitz Family Foundation. As one of the fruits of this grant, Oregon Shores and the League of Women Voters are cosponsoring a workshop in Brookings, at the Chetco Activity Center, on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17th to review the permitting process for gravel mining in rivers and to consider other related issues including threatened salmon runs and water quality. South coast rivers receiving focus from Oregon Shores include the Coquille in Coos County, which borders Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge; the Chetco in Curry County, which provides fishing opportunities and drinking water for residents of Brookings and Harbor; and the Elk and Pistol which have some of the most beautiful scenery and unspoiled landscapes in the state. Photo: Stan Easley
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pay our staffers full-time (please realize that our hard-working staffers accomplish all they do on part-time pay), while adding a This morning I watched a great blue heron spearing mud in the badly needed administrative assistant. We require your support Netarts estuary. The frogs are out. Spring has finally come to as never before to maintain this very hopeful growth spurt. the Oregon coast, which makes it an appropriate time to talk For the long-haul, there is another sign of growth: Oregon with you about growth and renewal. Shores has just established an endowment, to ensure the future Growth isn’t just for crocuses, reeds and tadpoles. Oregon of conservation efforts on the coast for generations to come. Shores is growing in many directions, including our membership, and that brings us to the subject of “renewal.” It is time to Oregon Shores’ programs are about growth and renewal, as well. Oregon Shores’ Ocean Program renew your membership, unless you have played a key role in creating “Our done so recently. All Oregon Shores Ocean,” a coalition leading the cammemberships are for the calendar year, so paign to create marine reserves off our they all come due for renewal on January shores. Marine reserves will provide 1st. safe refuges where the species and I want to offer a hearty thanks to those ecosystems of Oregon’s nearshore who got a jump on 2008 by paying their ocean can renew and rebuild themdues at the end of last year and to those selves as a sign of respect to future who have renewed over the past few generations. weeks. I’d like to remind the rest of you CoastWatch continues to grow dramatically, and its volunteers to please renew now (you’ll find an envelope tucked into this work to protect our intertidal areas, so they, too, can become newsletter). Help us regenerate our storehouse of energy to restored and renewed. Our Land Use Program has experienced support all the great things we are doing this year. its own growth with the creation of our South Coast Rivers We also are experiencing renewal on our board of directors. Initiative, focused on the link between sound land use practices Several board members stepped down over the course of the and healthy river ecosystems. past year. It was an especially melancholy time to see Evelyn McConnaughey leave her board post in February, having served So, please take a minute to think about how you can support Oregon Shores’ efforts. Get involved in the marine reserves since the 1970s (although we will continue to consider her a campaign, adopt a CoastWatch mile, participate in the gravel board member emeritus). But, we are feeling a surge of new mining conference on May 17th in Brookings, or any of the strength with the arrival of Kitty Brigham and Bill June, who many land protection activities that will define our future are profiled on page 9. coastal landscape. And, please add some fresh spring green to Growth, too, can be seen in our financial standing, which you our budget that makes all this possible. A surge of support now can read about in our first-ever annual report on pages 5-8 of will keep us thriving all year long. this issue. We have expanded our resources as never before. It Best wishes for 2008, took a tremendous amount of hard work last year to cultivate our fiscal health, but we can’t rest on our bright, spring-green laurels. We are only part way toward our goal of being able to Allison Asbjornsen Dear Oregon Shores Members & Friends,

Oregon Shores members heaved an enormous sigh of relief on November 6, 2007, when Measure 49 passed with 62 percent of the vote. The measure was put on the state’s ballot by the 2007 Legislature as a “fix” to reign in unbridled development proposed by claimants under Measure 37. Measure 49 went into effect on December 6, and Measure 37 is now dead. has progressed too far into the actual building to be compelled to stop by the change in law. Under Measure 49, counties are making this vesting decision, rather than the state, because counties, generally, issue building permits and other local permits. However, counties must follow common law requirements for vesting.

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While monitoring rocky shores will remain at the core of Coast- 3rd at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center and a co-sponsored Watch training in 2008, the focus will broaden again—as witpublic celebration of State Parks Day on June 7th with Honeyness the training event in Florence on March 4th, which inman State Park at the north jetty of the Siuslaw where we will cluded talks on beach dynamics and dune be offering beachwalks, natural history ecology, along with a beach walk. This information and family activities. Addiyear also will be marked by more partnertionally, The Westwind Stewardship ships and collaboration than ever before. Group, which is the new non-profit that has purchased the land south of the CoastWatch has launched a partnership Salmon River where Camp Westwind is with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, which located, recently adopted that stretch of has adopted three CoastWatch miles that shoreline and has begun discussions with staffers and volunteers are helping to Coastwatch about a joint educational monitor. The first fruit of this new partefforts that could augment their broadnership has been a project with the aquarbased environmental education program. CoastWatch also anium's youth volunteer group to create a marine debris monitorticipates collaborating with the Friends of Haystack Rock in ing program for young people. This effort began last fall and 2008, as we have for many years. will continue as a pilot project through May. We are developing a routine, (or protocol), which will be tested by a new youth Another special focus this year will be invasive species of the group later in 2008. Another goal in the partnership with the shoreline. While estuaries are choked with hundreds of nonaquarium is to create a special display kiosk at the aquarium, native organisms, relatively few can survive on the rugged outer which will explore shoreline science and concerns (marine de- coast—few enough that it is possible for non-scientists to learn bris, water quality) through the experience of aquarium mile their characteristics. We will begin offering workshops that will enable CoastWatchers to become scouts for scientists, learning adopters. to recognize these potentially damaging invaders and alerting In another new partnership, CoastWatch will join forces with resource managers who can eradicate them before they spread. Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME) for the first time to co-sponsor a conference on August 16th and 17th at the Plans for CoastWatch training and educational activities will continue to firm up this spring. For more information about Hatfield Marine Science Center in Newport. future CoastWatch events, or about adopting a mile, contact Two other new collaborations for CoastWatch in 2008 include a CoastWatch Director Phillip Johnson. joint training program with the Perpetua Foundation on May

quent to a Measure 37 waiver, for a subdivision in forest land on a steep hillside. At a hearing held after Measure 49 went into effect, the planning commission not only approved the applica(DLCD) has issued a helpful memo outlining vesting requirements. Basically, vesting only occurs if building has substantially tion but issued a decision that the Carlsons’ claim was already progressed . . . to laying of a foundation, at least. It is not suffi- vested! Further, the planning commission had no authority to cient for vesting if the claimant has obtained only a Measure 37 make a vesting decision. Even if it had, a mere land use application for development is never vested under state law. The planwaiver or a local building permit, or has simply graded and ning commission’s outrageous action was immediately appealed cleared the site, even if utilities are in place. to the Clatsop County Board of Commissioners by concerned Some counties have adopted vesting ordinances to bring order neighbors and by Oregon Shores. to the determination which, generally, follow common law requirements for making vesting decisions. But claimants des- Statewide, DLCD has sent notices to Measure 37 claimants outperate to proceed (usually in rural areas otherwise prohibited to lining their choices under the new law: to have permission to build one to three houses; permission to build four to 10 houses development) before Measure 49’s limitations can stop them if they can prove economic loss caused by the land use laws; or are forging ahead, trying to get vested so they can continue. to try and argue they are vested. Claimants have 90 days to reOften, counties are helping them, and, in these cases, conspond, then DLCD will begin making its determinations. Orecerned citizens are appealing county decisions. gon Shores is carefully monitoring this on the coast. For inforClatsop County Planning Commission, for example, approved mation contact Land Use Director Cameron La Follette. the land use application of James and Virginia Carlson, subse(Continued from page 2)



In addition to gravel extraction, development is a constant threat to South Cost rivers. Oregon Shores worked with concerned Oregon Shores is working with permitting agencies and gravel local citizens in 2007 to stop a proposed RV park just north of operators to determine if a science-based approach can be the City of Bandon—essentially, the creation of an entire new adopted for South Coast rivers, similar to that pioneered in town of 175 “park model” RVs, which were, in reality, homes Humboldt County California by the CHERT process (County of proposed to be located on the banks of the Coquille River next Humboldt Extractive Resources Team). That process calls for a to Bandon National Wildlife Refuge. river’s “gravel budget” to be determined by scientists and the Oregon Shores and local residents appealed the Coos County amount of extraction to be set below the amount of gravel prodecision, which was in favor of the proposal, to the Land Use duced by the river. In addition, Oregon Shores is producing a Board of Appeals. We were notified in January that we won on citizen handbook on gravel permitting to be available this spring. many key points. Hank Westbrook, the property owner and This past summer, Oregon Shores submitted comments on per- developer, has appealed the decision to the Court of Appeals, mits to renew gravel mining on the Chetco and lower Rogue and Oregon Shores will continue fighting this highly inappropriRivers. In the end, Curry County renewed the permits at a reate, urban-level development proposed for the banks of one of duced level of extraction compared to past years. our loveliest rivers.
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Oregon is wrestling with the controversy over liquefied natural gas (LNG). Three proposals for LNG terminals are proposed for coastal communities: one at Bradwood on the Columbia River, one on the Skipanon Peninsula in Warrenton, and the third on the North Spit near Coos Bay. All three terminals require building hundreds of miles of additional pipeline to transport gas into an existing pipeline network. Finally, his letter states that he has, “asked the Oregon Attorney General to examine whether Oregon’s state agencies have the legal authority to refuse to grant authorizations for these facilities under state and federal law until FERC conducts the comprehensive review that is required and described in this letter.”

Oregon Shores has been most directly involved in the Coos Bay proposal by Jordan Cove Energy. As Jordan Cove has sought approval for its facility through the state land use laws it has Oregon Shores is opposed to LNG terminals and associated broken the proposal into two applications. Oregon Shores compipelines for reasons ranging from danger to estuaries, coastal mented in opposition to the LNG terminal application as well as shorelands, forestlands, farmlands and people to the rights of property owners who do not want pipelines crossing their land. the “Gateway” application, because it contains the docking facility for the LNG tankers. Anti-LNG activists have appealed both On Feb. 6th, hundreds of people from all over Oregon gathapprovals by the Coos County Commissioners. Oregon Shores ered on the steps of the Capitol in Salem to protest the LNG donated legal time to local activists and is also a named party on terminals and pipelines. Secretary of State Bill Bradbury anthe Gateway appeal. Both appeals are pending before LUBA. nounced his opposition to LNG, as did Oregon House Speaker Jeff Merkley. Governor Kulongoski has since written a letter to Though current legal activity has focused on the requirements the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission insisting, “that FERC of the state land use laws, the more complex process will be decision making by the FERC, which has ultimate siting authorstop its review of the three LNG facilities proposed in Oregon until FERC conducts a comprehensive review of all alternatives for supplying ity. The FERC’s required Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) on the project may be released soon, and Oregon natural gas to the region.” Further, he asks that FERC include a, “...full environmental review of the life cycle carbon costs and emission Shores will continue to assist local citizens’ efforts. For inforof LNG compared to coal and to non-LNG sources of natural gas.” mation contact Land Use Director Cameron La Follette.

OPAC’s Marine Reserves Working Group is scheduled to meet again on Monday, April 21st in Lincoln City and the full OPAC cil members found some level of comfort with possibly casting on May 22nd, likely in Bandon. Please mark your calendars and public nominations as “marine reserve study areas” and sending a plan to attend. Having Oregon Shores members participate on package of study areas to the 2009 legislature to seek funding for the coastal nominating committees will be very important as socio-economic and baseline ecological studies as a first step, well, if a system of marine reserves is to go forward in 2008 to with further review of the sites before designating as actual ma- protect key ecosystems for decades to come. For more informarine reserves, recognizing that some sites may be ready for ap- tion, contact Ocean Program Director Robin Hartmann. proval before others in need of additional evaluation.
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For Oregon Shores, 2007 was a time of significant growth and transition. Some efforts were brought to a successful conclusion, some new projects were launched, but in many ways the past year was prologue to the present one. This annual report outlines the state of Oregon Shores as we entered 2008. page 7 for more on our ocean conservation work).

The Land Use Program’s greatest transition came thanks to Oregon’s voters. During much of 2007, Land Use Program Director Cameron La Follette was occupied with holding actions up and down the coast, successThe past year was marked by fully delaying a number of noteworthy improvement in the highly inappropriate developorganization’s finances. While ment projects spawned by early autumn of 2006 found the Measure 37. With passage of budget at a relatively low ebb, the corrective Measure 49, most strong fund-raising efforts toward the end of that year were the of those projects no longer threaten, and we can turn to more prelude to a far stronger financial picture in 2007. Oregon positive efforts, such as the South Coast Rivers Land Use InitiaShores was able to not only increase the annual budget, but tive, launched in spring of 2007 and carrying forward this year. build up reserves. Also, Oregon Shores has received two gener- (See page 6 for a survey of our land use work). ous donations directed to endowment and has established an CoastWatch continued to expand our pool of volunteers while endowment fund with the Oregon Community Foundation. See providing more training activities and educational events. In page 8 for a fiscal summary and 9 for an endowment article. late 2007, the program took the first steps in a promising new All of Oregon Shores’ major programs were involved in the collaboration with the Oregon Coast Aquarium (see page 3). Oregon Coastal Ocean and Intertidal Conservation Project, The past year was also a time of transition on the board. We which came to a conclusion in the spring of 2007. That project said farewell and thanks to board members Nan Evans, Catheducated hundreds of Oregonians about the links between inerine Wiley and Evelyn McConnaughey (who will remain as an tertidal areas and the ocean, while building the ranks of “Ocean “emeritus” member of the board), while greeting new members Advocates” working within our Ocean Program for better marine Kitty Brigham of Seal Rock and Bill June of Portland and conservation. Ocean Program Director Robin Hartmann spent Gearhart. Please read on for a review of Oregon Shores’ Year the past year laying the groundwork for the campaign to create 2007—and join us in making further strides in 2008. marine reserves off Oregon’s coast, now in full flower. (See

The CoastWatch program, now in its 14th year, engages volunteers who monitor one-mile stretches of Oregon’s shoreline. These “mile adopters” are asked to walk their miles a minimum of once per quarter, watching for everything from natural events (beached marine mammals, erosion) to immediate problems (oil on the beach, violations of beach regulations) to long-term concerns (such as land-use decisions). In addition to filing their reports, the mile adopters are asked to report problems immediately to resource agencies, local government or other appropriate authorities and to follow up to make sure action is taken. By the end of 2007, CoastWatch ranks included 1,260 mile adopters, and the program had staged 18 training sessions and public events, reaching more citizens than ever before. The first months of 2007 were taken up with the final activities of the Oregon Coastal Ocean and Intertidal Conservation Project (OCOICP). This grant-funded effort, which involved all of Oregon Shores’ major programs but was a particular focus of CoastWatch, aimed to build skills among CoastWatchers monitoring rocky shores, increase public awareness of both intertidal and marine resources and draw strong connections in the public mind between protecting tidepools and preserving the nearshore ocean. Many of the public talks presented as part of the project featured Nancy Steinberg’s specially commissioned slide talk, “Connections.” By the conclusion of OCOICP, nearly 900 Oregonians had attended presentations on the links between rocky shores and the sea. CoastWatch continued with the emphasis on rocky shores, winding up with a training conference in Florence in December that drew an audience of about 130 over two days. Some
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CoastWatchers volunteered to assist State Parks with a visitor use survey that took place at three locations—Strawberry Hill, Seal Rock and Devil’s Punchbowl — over the summer. This was intended as a pilot project, although plans of the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) for continuing the effort weren’t definite at the beginning of 2008. The department also approached CoastWatch about future collaboration in a “rocky shore host” volunteer project. We expressed a definite willingness and await a decision by OPRD to commit to the effort.

A promising new development in 2007 was the beginnings of a partnership with the Oregon Coast Aquarium, located in Newport, which adopted three CoastWatch miles. Aquarium staffers and volunteers are helping to watch these miles. The first fruit of this collaboration was a special pilot project with the aquarium’s youth volunteer group, directed by Renee Rensmeyer (who happens to be a CoastWatcher herself). The youth group’s “Green Team” began working with Renee and CoastWatch Director Phillip Johnson on a marine debris monitoring project late in 2007.

CoastWatch held a couple of training sessions on invasive species during the year, beginning to lay the groundwork for what One source of the program’s growth lay in dramatic improve- is expected to become a stronger focus of training and monitorments to the website, thanks to the work of webmaster Lloyd ing in 2008 and beyond. Dozens of CoastWatchers were also Maxfield. We began receiving quarterly reports online for the active in the beached bird survey (in which CoastWatch partfirst time early in the year, displaying the results so that mile ners with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team-adopters (and other visitors to the site) could track observations COASST--based at the University of Washington), the Marine on any mile. This led to a surge of activity, particularly among Mammal Stranding Network and OPRD’s shoreline alteration mile adopters who had not regularly reported in the past. structure permitting process. After a year of strengthening its Lloyd added a range of features. Near the end of 2007, the foundation and building its volunteer base, CoastWatch is posiformerly separate CoastWatch site was folded into the Oregon tioned for wider outreach and more effective shoreline moniShores website, which you can visit at www.oregonshores.org. toring this year.

Oregon Shores’ Land Use Program concentrates on several related objectives: 1) working with and helping coastal residents opposing development or other troublesome proposals that impact coastal resources; 2) monitoring land use activities on the coast, including Measure 37 and Measure 49 development claims; 3) providing (through our Coastal Law Project) low-cost or free legal resources in a limited number of cases for legal appeals of development approvals by coastal counties or cities. Oregon Shores’ land use program is the only non-governmental • conservation organization focusing specifically and solely on Oregon’s 362-mile coastline. Land Use Program Director Cameron La Follette answers phone calls from concerned residents, provides resources, participates in local hearings with testimony • and joins with concerned residents in appeals to the Land Use Board of Appeals (LUBA). Oregon Shores is one of three partners in the Coastal Law Project (CLP), the other two being Crag Law Center and Goal One Coalition. Crag provides legal representation to Oregon Shores and local residents in cases we have appealed to LUBA. Goal One Coalition helps local resiPhoto: Lloyd Maxfield dents, and Oregon Shores writes solid testimony to local governing bodies that focuses on the legal standards that must be met if a development proposal is to withstand court scrutiny. Accomplishments in 2007 include:

Monitoring all Measure 37 claims in the coastal counties, and, after the passage of Measure 49, monitoring the shift over to the new law to ensure that no illegitimate development takes place. Filing a claim in Circuit Court with Kalmiopsis Audubon Society against Measure 37 approvals granted by the State of Oregon for a number of claims on farm and forestland in Coos and Curry Counties. Working with local residents in Curry County on the problem of instream gravel mining on salmon-bearing streams, especially the Chetco and Rogue Rivers, and advocating for science-based determination of extraction amounts on these sensitive rivers.
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Appealing, with local residents, a decision of the Coos County Commission to allow an urban-level, 179-unit RV park on the banks of the Coquille River, adjacent to the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge, outside of any town. The appeal was heard by the Land Use Board of Appeals. Oregon Shores and its local allies won on most major points in an opinion LUBA handed down in January 2008. Providing legal help to a coalition of local residents of the Coos Bay area in their fight against a proposed Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) terminal on the North Spit. Oregon Shores participated in the local land use hearings before the Coos County Commission’s hearings officer • and is party to one of the two subsequent appeals of the commissioners’ approvals. Appealing to LUBA, with local residents, a proposed shift of the Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) in tiny Waldport to

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allow for a gigantic planned unit development project which would not only have doubled the size of the town (to 4,000), but also turned it into a resort center alien to the existing community.

Monitoring the many-layered approvals necessary from Tillamook County and the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) on the second phase of the Nantucket Shores development near pristine Sand Lake estuary. The second phase would add 50 homes to the currently tiny development, which would both endanger a nearby slide area and put pressure on the Sand Lake area for future development as a resort destination. Working with local residents of the City of Wheeler in their opposition to a development of property just outside Wheeler that also includes Botts Marsh, an important salt marsh in the Nehalem River estuary on which the owner has long wanted to build a marina.

Oregon Shores’ Ocean Program addresses that area of Oregon located “West of the Beach” and has established the following six goals: 1) Empower citizens to use laws, science and communication tools to help protect the ocean; 2) build momentum with an ocean coalition; 3) establish a system of marine reserves to protect ocean ecosystems for future generations; 4) seek ways to implement the recommendations from two seminal ocean reports – the Pew Ocean Report and the report from the US Commission on Ocean Policy; 5) bring attention to the need for citizens and policy makers to consider the land-sea-air connection; and 6) provide deliberative review of ocean development proposals to assure potential ecological impacts are identified, studied, and minimized or avoided. in September and Gold Beach in November. The Marine Reserves Working Group of the OPAC met two additional times—in Corvallis in June and again in Salem in October. This highly deliberative body (read “two steps forward, one step back”) delivered a draft marine reserves nomination form and policy guidance document by year’s end, which provides a framework for a public outreach and nomination process in 2008. Photo: Allison Asbjornsen

Oregon Shores also was active within the Oregon Ocean coalition during 2007 to advance awareness of marine reserves as an important tool for protecting key ocean habitats and biodiversity. Oregon Shores provided testimony for a March hearing on marine reserves before the Joint Emergency Preparedness and Much of the Ocean Program’s focus in 2007 was on wave enOcean Policy Committee. The hearing was followed by a ergy development and marine reserves, both central to the screening of Greenfire Productions’ “Common Ground” film on state’s ocean policy efforts over the course of the year. marine reserves at Willamette University, which was attended by over 400 people. Oregon Shores assisted the coalition with Work of the Ocean Program director included providing a conadditional screenings of “Common Ground” including in April at servation voice on Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council the University of Oregon, which was followed by a panel dis(OPAC), which advises the governor and agencies on ocean cussion of experts on the topic of reserves. Oregon Shores aspolicy. The council met five times in 2007 — in Port Orford in January, Reedsport in April, Tillamook in July, Pacific City (Continued on page 8)



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sisted the coalition during a transition toward the end of the year, which resulted in a strengthened campaign for marine reserves now known as “Our Ocean.”

Oregon Shores’ staff served on a number of panels during 2007 to help provide a conservation voice as Oregon moves forward with consideration of and planning for wave energy projects in Oregon.

Highlights of that work include: serving on a Over the course of the year, Oregon Shores steering committee which organized and incorporated an ocean component as a part facilitated an October workshop, attended by of most of its education and outreach events and, in the process, over 40 scientists who systematically identified and discussed enlisted over 200 people to become “Ocean Advocates” to assist potential ecological effects of wave energy development; serving efforts of Oregon Shores and Our Ocean to protect and restore on the Oregon Wave Energy Trust (OWET), which oversees marine environments. Over the year, Oregon Shores contacted $4.2 million of state funding to help Oregon plan for wave enthese advocates via phone and email encouraging their participa- ergy in the state; successfully shepherding requests for OWET funding to help with the ecological effects workshop as well as a tion at key meetings and on specific actions. study to inform scientists about whale behavior and migration Other examples of how Oregon Shores pressed forward during patterns, essential for understanding how whales may interact 2007 on establishing a system of marine reserves include: particiwith wave energy infrastructure; serving as chair of the OPAC’s pating on a one-hour radio talk show on marine reserves which Wave Energy Working Group, advancing an effort to study cuaired on KLCC, Eugene’s public radio station; providing testimulative effects of wave energy necessary for identifying and mony in support of marine reserves before Oregon’s Fish and protecting important ocean and coastal environments; seeking Wildlife Commission during its May meeting where “Common improvements to the state’s seafloor leasing program related to Ground” was viewed by the commissioners; initiating a meeting in wave energy development to better protect marine resources; Cannon Beach to assist local participants interested in exploring a and obtaining a grant from the Hydropower Reform Coalition marine protected area designation; winning support for a letter (HRC) to combine Oregon Shores’ ocean and coastal expertise from the OPAC requesting continued state funding for the Orewith HRC’s years of experience navigating the FERC’s hydrogon State Parks and Recreation Department’s coastal planner power licensing process on rivers, drawing on this combined position (who provides vital staffing for the OPAC on marine expertise to provide an informed conservation voice as a panelist reserves and for the agency’s efforts to protect intertidal areas); at an October FERC conference on wave energy held in Portand drafting an op-ed on marine reserves published in the land. Eugene Register Guard in October.

Oregon Shores had a total income of $203,595 in 2007, more than in any prior year. Included in the income was $24,000 contributed specifically to establish an endowment account to serve as a building block for Oregon Shores’ future work in coastal and ocean conservation. Expenses for the year totaled $124,083, with a carryover into 2008 of $55,512 in grant funding intended to span both years. Oregon Shores operated with the help of ten volunteer board members in 2007. The board met seven times, including by teleconference, over the course of the year to provide financial, programmatic and administrative oversight. Oregon Shores’ three program directors held nine additional meetings, mostly be teleconference, to assure programs were coordinated to met the organization’s overall goals and to remain focused on providing a message in program activities that focused on the link between As a final note, a fundraising raffle was held at the Brookings land, sea, air and citizens. Land Use Conference, netting more than $1,000 for Oregon Shores’ work.



Three dedicated coastal conservationists have passed away in recent months, including two long-serving Oregon Shores board members. than two decades, through 2003. A professor of marine biology at the University of Oregon from 1958 until his retirement, he taught at the university’s Oregon Institute of Marine Biology in Charleston for many years. Peter specialized in studying limpets Former Cannon Beach Mayor Lucille Houston, who served and other intertidal organisms, but took a broad view of the on our board for most of the 1990s, died in August (as we health of the entire coastal region and ocean. For most of the learned belatedly). A former teacher, she began a second career 90s, he edited Oregon Shores’ newsletter and handled the dein real estate when she moved to Cannon Beach, working with tails of its publication. He also found time for the other great best friend Janet Rekate (an Oregon Shores board member). loves of his life, rhododendrons and the violin. We note grateLucille was a member of the city’s sewer board when the plan- fully that Peter Frank’s family chose to request that memorial ning and installation of the city’s current system took place, as gifts in his name go to Oregon Shores. well as an ardent recycling advocate. In addition to her service Finally, Marshall Cronyn passed away at the end of 2007 on the Oregon Shores board, where among other things she led after an automobile accident. He and his late wife Betty were the team that drafted our “Goals and Objectives” statement, she early mile-adopters in the CoastWatch program and steady, was active with 1000 Friends of Oregon and the Haystack Rock long time supporters of Oregon Shores. Marsh served for a Awareness Program. number of years on the Tillamook CoastWatch committee. February brought the death of an even longer-serving Oregon Shores board member, Peter Frank, who held a seat for more All will be missed.

A significant changing of the guard has taken place on the Oregon Shores board in recent months. After more than 30 years of service, Evelyn McConnaughey recently stepped down from the board. Refusing to say farewell, we will continue to regard her as a “board member emeritus.” Also leaving the board recently was Nan Evans—she resigned in order to focus much of her efforts on marine protected areas and marine reserves, in her role as The Nature Conservancy’s Oregon government affairs director. Finally, Catherine Wiley resigned earlier in 2007, having helped Oregon Shores establish a stronger presence in Curry County. Oregon Shores thanks each of these volunteers for their precious time and service to our mission. including the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation of Colorado. Her last position before retiring to the Oregon coast was with Assistive Technology Partners, under the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and Colorado Department of Education, for whom she administered a loan bank of cutting-edge technology equipment for people with disabilities. Also joining the board recently is Bill June, a retired vicepresident of Portland General Electric. He is a graduate of the Harvard Business School. Bill divides his time between his homes in Portland and on the coast.

Over the past 25 years, Bill has served on the board of the Oregon American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Mt. Hood These losses have been balanced by two strong additions to the Cable Regulatory Commission and the Oregon Health Council. board. Seal Rock resident Kitty Brigham brings highly releA dedicated outdoorsman, he enjoys river running, skiing, hikvant experience to Oregon Shores, having served as the execuing “and throwing tennis balls into the surf off Gearhart beach for our tive director of two non-profit organizations during her career, chocolate labs to retrieve.”

As one of the seasoned conservation-oriented organizations in Oregon, Oregon Shores has always intended to be around for the long haul, protecting our coastal legacy and handing it on to new generations of coastal stewards. Thanks to a generous gift from board member-emeritus Evelyn McConnaughey and a bequest from former board member Janet Rekate, Oregon Shores has taken a significant step toward ensuring that permanence. This month the organization established an endowment fund with the Oregon Community Foundation. While the fund is relatively small at this time, it represents the stability the organization has demonstrated over 37 years and will be an important adjunct to our work in coming years. A legacy gift to Oregon Shores, either for current operations or toward the endowment, will help to keep the organization strong and the voice for coastal conservation steady. If you would like to consider remembering the coast and Oregon Shores in your will, or make any other form of legacy gift, contact Oregon Shores President Allison Asbjornsen.

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Like any non-profit organization, Oregon Shores relies for its budget on the generosity of those who care enough about the work to help fund it. Our thanks go first to the more than 750 of you who are duespaying members (and while we’re on the subject, don’t forget that 2008 renewals for all memberships came due January 1st). Many of you have taken the next step, and contributed over and above dues. We have received gifts of $5, and of five figures, and are grateful for all. More than 200 of you contributed during the first eight months
Oswald West Society ($1,000-plus) Anonymous Jane Beckwith Michael and Mary Caprio Anne Osborn Coopersmith Geraldine and Robert Haynes Arthur and Gertrude Hetherington Jerry and Kristayani Jones Cynthia Lord Evelyn McConnaughey Kris Olson Steve and Georgia Schell Anne Squier Cathern Tufts Paul and Lory Utz John Vitas and Pat Towle Eric and Ann Watkins Howard Watkins Catherine Wiley Director’s Circle ($500-plus) Allison Asbjornsen and Forrest Dickerson Willotta Asbjornsen Daniel Anderson and Joy Strand Dorothy and Frank Anderson John and Darcy Bosshardt Jack Broome Gerry and Nancy Brown Marshall Cronyn Johanna Cummings Christine DeMoll and Bill James Robert Foley Dennis Higgins Barbara Hilyer and John Daggett Ron Hogeland and Nancy Archer Bill and Susanne Kabeiseman Kalmiopsis Audubon Society

of the year, and were honored in our last newsletter. Those listed below as “Our Generous Donors” are those who have helped to support our work from September through December of 2007. In addition, we list all of those who provided a foundation for our budget during 2007 by making gifts at the Director’s Circle or Oswald West Society level. Many thanks to all those listed below, and to those who gave earlier this year, from Oregon Shores’ board and staff and from all those who care about the Oregon coast.
Richard and Clara Dresslar Douglas Durrett Nancy Edwards Harriett Egy Carl and Millie Ehrman Nan Evans Barbara Bacon Folawn David Ford Robert and Carla Foreman Marnie and Doug Frank Peter and Marian Frank Martha Fraundorf Bob and Liz Frenkel Phil Freshman Marie Gargano Gerald and Shellie Gibbs William and Lyn Gordon Michael Graybill and Jan Hodder Keith and Pat Harcourt Katharine and Goodwin Harding Rosario Haugland Bonnie Henderson and Charles Zennache William and Paula Hoehn Charles Holcomb Barbara Holler Lori Hollingsworth Arthur and Martha Holmberg Bill and Barbara Horton Joanne and Fred Hugi Robert Jensen Gordon Joachim William Johnson Penelope and Jack Kaczmarek Gary Kish and Sharon Harmon Paul Komar Nancy Kosterlitz Brent Lerwill Byron Lippert Lee and Ann Littlewood

Herbert and Patricia Monie Phyllis Parker Maria and John Phipps Charles Serlis Craig and Anne Swinford Trillium Natural Foods Our Generous Donors Elizabeth Anderson Joann and Philip Anselone Shannon Bacon Marvin Baker Jim and Nancye Ballard Scott and Martha Balogh Mike and Nana Bauer LLC Charles Beasley and Melinda O’Sullivan George Benson Larry and Gail Bergevin William and Elouise Binns, Jr. Philip Blanton and Susan Tone Nik Blosser and Deborah Kafoury Brian Booth Jeanette Brinker Charles and Nancy Bubl Thomas Buell Angela Calkins Richard and Lois Cameron Susan Cameron Dale and Jeanne Cannon Anne Caples Bill Chadwick and Teresa Atwill John Churchill Leonard and Else Cobb Craig Cornu and Anne Donnelly Danny and Janna Crabb John and Mary Lou Daily T.B. and Deirdre Dame Alex Derr Irma Dresie


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Porter and Corinne Lombard Alfred Lord and Connie Murray Richard and Elizabeth Lyons B.J. McCabe Richard McCutchen John and Vernie McGowan Neil Maine William and Jennifer Martinak Roger Meyer Ruby Miller Jan Mitchell Carol Moore Joe Moore Molly and Bill Morgan Allen Neuringer Joseph and Charlotte Noddin Robert and Carolyn Ollikainen Jeffry and Elizabeth Olson Cam Parry Betty and William Pendarvis Paul Poresky and Gail Mueller Florence Prescott and Linda Tarr Walter and Nina Raimondo Nancy Rangila Elizabeth Readel REI—Eugene store G.R. and Carol Reule Marty Rhea David Rogers and Julie Pohl Patricia Romanov Erich and Alice Rother Larry and Ielean Rouse Erica Rubin and Tom Swanson Michael and Wendy Russo Bruce and Connie Ryan Albert and Lynda Steiner James and Valerie Sturgill Dick Trout Jane Trunkey Claire Tucker Joseph and Charlotte Uris Dan Van Calcar and Diane Henkels Paul and Norma Van Natta Paul and Adrienne Vasterling John Waddill and Susan Smith John and Florence Wegner Patricia Welch Mitchell Williams Bernard and Carol Wolff Estelle Womack Richard and OskieYasana Wayne Zurflueh Foundations Bullitt Foundation Jubitz Family Foundation KCS Pacific Foundation Lamb-Baldwin Foundation Lazar Foundation REI So Hum Foundation Spirit Mt. Community Foundation

Michael and Yvette St. John Gertie Schramm Tim Sercombe and Jane Van Boskirk Geneva Shadley Howard and Alice Shapiro Patricia Sims Dave and Janet Snazuk John Solters Roger and Anita Straus John and Carol Steele

Governor Ted Kulongoski and heads of Oregon’s agencies having regulatory authority in the ocean, signed an agreement in late March with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) intended to limit wave energy development within Oregon’s Territorial Sea to “small scale pilot projects” until Oregon amends its ocean and coastal plans to address the possible siting of wave energy facilities. set for studies and monitoring as well as for a stringent “adaptive management” process to allow for future changes in the operations of the project in response to study and monitoring results, including any potential effects on whales, salmon or sand movement. Hartmann also chairs Oregon’s Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) Wave Energy Working Group, where focus in recent months has been on developing a plan for studying the cumulative social, economic and ecological effects of multiple wave energy development projects that might be built within Oregon’s Territorial Sea. The goal of the cumulative effect study is to help Oregon gather and analyze existing and new information about the ocean, out to 12 miles, to help the state effect decisions about the size, layout and location of projects, protection of sensitive and key fishing areas, and any studies and monitoring of sites that should be required by the state.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) comes in response to a recent Ocean Power Technology (OPT) proposal to FERC to advance to a large-scale commercial wave energy project near Coos Bay without first implementing a test project, as the company had previously stated as its intention. In the proposal, the company indicated its plans to seek a license to build out to 200 buoys in stages over several years, instead of taking a more conservative approach by first seeking a license for a pilot project, as it is doing at its proposed Reedsport site where the company will need to gain a license amendment, involving a delibThe cumulative effects study plan was approved on March 28th erative review process, before any build out to commercial by the full OPAC and will advance to the Governor and state scale. agencies with a recommendation to seek funding from the OreOregon Shores Ocean Program Director Robin Hartmann has gon Wave Energy Trust and other sources to implement the study to help the state prepare for the future. been serving on an oversight panel for the proposed OPT Reedsport 10-buoy test project where requirements are being


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Monday, April 21, Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) Marine Reserve Working Group meeting, Lincoln City, City Hall Chambers. Thursday, April 24, Our Ocean Coalition special event on marine protected areas, Portland, Lucky Lab Beer Hall, 1945 NW Quimby, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 3, CoastWatch and Cape Perpetua Foundation joint volunteer training event, featuring marine ecologist Cynthia Trowbridge on tidepool ecology, Cape Perpetua Visitor Center (south of Yachats), 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 17, Oregon Shores and League of Women Voters joint conference: “Gravel Mining in Rivers: Understanding the Permit Process,” Brookings, Chetco Activity Center, 550 Chetco Ln, 2:00 p.m.—5:00 p.m.

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Thursday, May 22, full OPAC meeting, probably in Bandon. Friday, May 23, OPAC Wave Energy Working Group meeting, Bandon. Saturday, May 31, CoastWatch training conference, Southwestern Oregon Community College, Coos Bay. Saturday, June 7, CoastWatch and Honeyman State Park celebration of State Parks Day, on north jetty of the Siuslaw from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 16-17, CoastWatch and Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators joint conference on shoreline natural history and interpretation, Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, approx. 2:30 –4:00 p.m.
For up-to-date start times and event detail visit www.oregonshores.org

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allison@oregonshores.org (503) 801-1643 lloyd@oregonshores.org (541) 344-3322


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