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Taking Care of Shorties

Volunteers gathered on October 5th for the Annual Fall Action Day at Oswald West State Park to show some love to this beloved area. Shorties is well known to surfers and beach goers love the sheltered cove on breezy days. If you don't want to get sandy, there are several miles of trails through beautiful forests with stellar ocean views. This area is also home to Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and two adjacent Marine Protected Areas (each with their own restrictions).

The Surfrider Foundation Portland Chapter along with partners, Oregon State Parks, Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, and Trailkeepers of Oregon, combined forces to take on 4 stewardship projects with help from 50 volunteers.

Stewardship Projects & Results

The Beach Trail Crew improved the main beach access path, allowing easier access for all.

The Beach Cleanup Crew removed approximately 100 lbs. of marine debris and trash from the beach.

The Trails Crew decommissioned 10 unofficial trails, protecting the environment from increased erosion and giving wildlife more safe corridors to use.

The Paver Crew leveled the pavers in front of the bathroom improving access and drainage by making the surface even (a project that has been on State Park's wishlist for years). These dedicated volunteers worked an additional 3.5 hours to complete this project.

For all of their hard work, volunteers were treated to a free BBQ (including delicious donations from Public Coast Brewing, Breakside Brewery,  Widmer Brothers Brewing, Migration Brewing, Health-AdeBrew Dr. Kombucha, and Oregonic Tonic). Volunteer appreciation raffle prizes were donated by Sunski, Up North Surf Club, Cleanline Surf, Quickfish, KleanKanteen, Looptworks, Patagonia, and Evo.