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CoastWatchers adopt one-mile segments of Oregon's coast, keeping watch both for immediate impacts, such as oil spills, beached marine mammals, violations of beach regulations, etc., and for long-term natural changes and management concerns. CoastWatchers are asked to commit to monitoring their mile four times per year, once each quarter (although of course monitoring it more frequently is encouraged), and to completing a report on these four visits. CoastWatchers are also asked to serve as the first line of defense for their miles, reporting short-term problems to the resource agency or local government that can take action, and getting involved in decisions that might affect their area of the coast. CoastWatch is also involved in marine debris monitoring and cleanup. Many CoastWatchers get further involved by participating in special citizen science surveys, such as a beached bird survey (in which CoastWatch partners with the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team, based at the University of Washington) or monitoring for invasive species. Special training is offered in these areas. We are now engaging volunteers in a special tsunami debris project as well.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition
P.O. Box 33, Seal Rock, OR 97376, US
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 Oregon's 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 is a 40-year-old regional conservation organization that has won many victories in preserving special places on the Oregon coast. The group works to protect the entire region, from the crest of the Coast Range to the edge of the continental shelf. The Land Use Program works with Oregon's land use planning system, with local jurisdictions and through the courts to assure protection for coastal resources. The Ocean Program campaigns for marine reserves and other aspects of marine conservation. The CoastWatch Program organizes volunteers to monitor and protect the shoreline; every mile of Oregon's coastline has been adopted, although there is always a need for fresh "mile adopters." And the Climate Action Project works with coastal citizens to begin long-range adaptive planning to address coming climate-related impacts. The group also holds the annual Coast Conference and other activities aimed at educating Oregon's citizens about the coastal environment and how they can help to protect it.