Mile-by-Mile Competition Boosts Oregon Shores

CoastWatch Mile 9.\Photo by David Grimes.

By way of honoring our 50th anniversary and laying the groundwork for the next 50 years, we’ve launched a special fund-raising campaign, pegged to our signature CoastWatch program.  We now have a special place on our website devoted to this campaign:

This year, when you contribute to Oregon Shores, regardless of the amount, you can designate a CoastWatch mile to be honored by your gift.  You don’t need to be a CoastWatcher to do this; a CoastWatch mile can simply be a way of identifying your favorite stretch of shoreline.  If you don’t know where CoastWatch miles are located in relation to your favorite stretch of shoreline, see the Tour of the Miles feature on the website,

If you donate via the website, you will find a place to indicate the mile you wish to honor.  (You will see this after you begin to make a donation; a box where you can indicate the mile number will appear before final checkout.)  If contributing by check, indicate this in the memo line, or add a note with the check.

If you have already donated this year, your contribution won’t be left out of the competition.  Send a message to [email protected] to let us know what mile you choose, and we’ll see that your earlier contribution is tallied.

Of course, your favorite coastal area may straddle two CoastWatch miles, or encompass several.  You will need to choose with any one donation.  Our hope is that you will consider multiple donations during the course of the year to keep each favorite shoreline segment in the race.

We’ve set up this popularity contest among CoastWatch miles to have some fun by sparking a spirit of friendly competition.  The very serious purpose, however, is to help us prepare for major challenges we know are coming by enhancing and expanding our programs to better address critical conservation needs.

At the end of the year, there will be a treat for all the donors to the winning mile—but it is mostly for the glory, plus the satisfaction of knowing that you have helped to support protection of that mile and all Oregon coast miles on into the future.