Here you will find calls to action -- opportunities to write letters, make calls, or send emails about a land use decision or policy matter, attend a hearing or a rally, or help with an ongoing project or campaign.
Applicants for New Global Warming Committee Sought
The Oregon Global Warming Commission is seeking applicants to serve on a new Natural and Working Lands Advisory Committee to provide input on implementation of the Commission’s Natural and Working Lands Proposal, which was adopted in August, 2021. The proposal set a net goal for sequestration and storage in natural and working lands, made recommendations for how to track progress toward the goal, and identified key strategies and programs needed to achieve the goal.
This may be of particular interest to those who care about the coast because one of the topics this advisory committee will deal with is “blue carbon”—the capacity of kelp beds, eelgrass beds, marshes, and tidal swamps to sequester carbon and this contribute to the effort to combat global warming.
The Advisory Committee will review draft products developed by the Institute for Natural Resources (INR) and other technical experts on behalf of the Commission, including but not limited to:
- Defining the scope of work for a Workforce and Training needs analysis;
- Developing a methodology for establishing an inventory of net sequestration in Oregon’s Natural and Working Lands;
- Developing activity-based metrics and establishing an activity-based baseline;
- Identifying community impact metrics; and
- Finalizing a report documenting the process and products reviewed by the Advisory Committee
The Advisory Committee will be made up of individuals with interest in natural and working lands (e.g., urban, forests, rangelands, croplands, and coastal blue carbon ecosystems) and diverse expertise in natural and working lands management (e.g., Tribal interests and programs, private land management interests, technical assistance needs and opportunities, youth perspectives on natural and working lands).
An application is available online, and is due by 5 p.m. on August 5. Applications should be emailed to Oregon Global Warming Commission Chair Catherine Macdonald ([email protected]), and to the Director of the Institute for Natural Resources, Lisa Gaines ([email protected]).
Advisory Committee members will be expected to attend approximately eight Committee meetings and two to four Focus Group meetings over a period of about 13 months. The Committee will review and approve a charter and draft work plan. The Oregon Global Warming Commission will take public comments during Commission meetings on the work products being developed by INR and reviewed by the Committee.
For more information, contact, Catherine Macdonald, (503) 475-6782
Public Can Comment on Communications Sites
The Department of State Lands (DSL) is accepting public comment on rulemaking that would establish distinct administrative rules for communication site facility leases. The proposed rulemaking would create a new set of rules, OAR 141-126, to address the unique nature of communication site leases and sub-leases, while removing management of communication sites from OAR 141-125. Learn more.
This can be important to the coast, because DSL manages the seabed of Oregon’s Territorial Sea, and thus is responsible for communication cables that cross from federal waters to the shoreline. (The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department manages cable permits to cross the beach.)
The deadline to comment on the proposed rulemaking is July 31 at 11:59 p.m.
Help Preserve Access at Lighthouse Beach
Public access has been threatened to Lighthouse Beach, a popular and well-loved stretch of shoreline near Charleston in Coos County. We stand with our colleagues in the Surfrider Foundation in working to restore the public’s long-standing access, which has now been blocked. We ask all those concerned with public access to help by contributing to the legal effort that Surfrider is heading up.
Members of the public have used a footpath off Lighthouse Way to reach this special beach for generations, but current landowners have now fenced it off. Surfrider members, Oregon Shores members (including two of our board members!) and members of the public need this pathway (the only viable means of getting to the beach here) to reach the shore not only for surfing and other recreation, but also as stewards of the beach and community.
We’re working with Surfrider’s legal team, which is currently investigating the historical public use and access at Lighthouse Beach and exploring all appropriate solutions. They need our support to continue this work. Donations to this campaign will support the effort to restore access to Lighthouse Beach, including helping to fund attorneys' fees incurred by retaining outside expert counsel. Any excess funds will be used for stewardship at Lighthouse Beach.
To contribute or to learn more, go to https://oregonshores.org/lighthouse-beach-legal-fund.
Join a Citizen Scientist Project
Oregon coast citizen science projects are both seasonal and year-round. Some take place in the dunes and others in the rocky habitats or on the sandy beach. All projects consist of monitoring and surveying, and contribute information that teaches us about the health of our sea, beaches, waters and shores. Through CoastWatch, volunteers are encouraged to work with our conservation partners including local non-profits and researchers at colleges such as the University of Washington, University of Oregon, University of California and Oregon State University to monitor and survey plants and wildlife on the Oregon coast. To learn more about these opportunities, visit our Citizen Science Projects page.
Adopt a Mile of the Coast
One way to take action now, for those who are not already CoastWatchers, is to adopt a CoastWatch mile. It is our goal to attain coverage of every mile of the Oregon coast through CoastWatch on a regular basis. You can help us reach this goal by adopting a mile that is not receiving regular coverage.
Ditch Single-Use Plastic Straws
Plastic straws are among the most common items found at Portland Chapter Surfrider cleanups – both on the Oregon coast and in Portland! They are also one of the most common items found elsewhere in the country. They not biodegradable, which means that every plastic straw created is still around in some form. Plastic has a huge impact on our ecosystems, wildlife and people, and it is the chapter’s goal to reduce the amount of plastic that ends up in the environment.
In August 2017, the Portland Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation launched the DitchTheStrawPDX program in the Portland-Metro area. The mission of the program is to assist businesses in reducing the number of plastic straws used by their customers. The chapter provides support to these businesses who agree to go straw free for an entire month as a pilot program demonstrating that paper straws are a sustainable, cost-effective alternative.
Are You a Business Interested in Participating? Join their movement to reduce plastic straw pollution by piloting a straw-on-request program for one month. Eliminate plastic straws by only providing paper straws upon request. Click Here & Help Be Part of the Solution.
Are you an individual who wants to participate? Next time you’re out, simply ask for no straw, post a photo and tag (@SurfriderPortland) and #DitchTheStrawPDX on social media! They need your help to spread the word and the message. Interested in supporting this program as a volunteer? Contact [email protected].