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December 21, 2007

PODCAST

In a phone conversation recorded on November 25, 2007, long time Oregon surfer and board shaper Lanny Shuler and Pete Stauffer, Oregon Policy Coordinator, discuss the nature of Surfrider and its various activities around the state of Oregon. Lots of different topics covered including the Georgia Pacific campaign, Blue Water Task Force, marine reserves, wave energy, LNG, dredging issues, and of course, surf culture and community in Oregon. Sorry if we ramble a bit! We’re going to try to do more of these so ideas and feedback is encouraged. Thanks to Lanny for helping make this happen! To access podcast click here: http://web.mac.com/shulersurf.mac/Shulers_Site/Home.html

December 21, 2007

FEE REMOVED AT HARBOR VISTA

Florence-area coastal activists have won a victory for public access. The Lane County commissioners, responding to considerable pressure, rescinded the $3 day use fee they had imposed simply for taking in the view at Harbor Vista County Park, known popularly among locals as Chicken Point. For many, frequenting the point is a daily morning ritual, and the view allows surfers, fishermen, and other ocean users to check conditions at the jetties and Siuslaw River Bar. Area residents and Surfrider activists responded swiftly by gathering over 250 signatures on a petition to eliminate the fee, as well as providing crucial public testimony to the Lane County Board of Commissioners. West Lane Commissioner Bill Fleenor championed the cause and quickly instructed park staff to remove the user fee sign from the viewing area. Big Ups and Massive Respect to all those who signed the petition, and helped gather signatures. Many thanks to Gus for leading the charge, and Mark, John, Scott, Seth and Charlie for giving public testimony to the board, and cheers to our friends at The Sportsman and Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition CoastWatch program for all their help in this campaign victory!

December 11, 2007

Snowrider Portland Gears Up

The nascent Snowrider Project in Oregon is in motion. The 07-08 snow season will see us tabling regularly at Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, producing a Public Service Announcement multimedia project for use at Mt. Hood Ski & Snowboard camps, working to create long-term partnerships with key stakeholders, and enthusiastically organizing creative fundraising opportunities. On October 14 six Snowrider volunteers and 2 dogs visited four sites near Government Camp with the Zig Zag Ranger District’s Bill Westbrook and Kathleen Walker: Summit Snowpark, Summit Airstrip, Trillium Lake and West Leg Road plus the new Jeff Flood Still Creek Basin chairlift at Timberline. From the pet waste in the wetland adjacent to the Summit Snowpark to the dispersed camp site overuse at the Summit Airstrip each area we visited provides a unique opportunity for environmental action. It makes the head spin to ponder how much can be done on the mountain with partnerships, well thought out programs & campaigns, fundraising and volunteer support. Much more later. Please stay tuned or contact Snowrider Coordinator Michael Halle to learn how to get involved michael@mhalle.com.

December 10, 2007

MARINE RESERVES: POLICY GUIDANCE

The OPAC Marine Reserve Working Group has developed a draft Policy Document to guide establishment of a network of marine reserves in state waters. The document identifies the network goal and provides guidelines for designation. This month, all of us (surfers, divers, kayakers, sailors, beachcombers etc.) have the opportunity to provide input on this issue to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) through Fred Sickler, our Ocean Recreation representative on OPAC. Please read this document (link below) and email your thoughts to pstauffer@surfrider.org and I will pass along to Fred. Also, the next OPAC meeting will be held in Warrenton on January 7-8. Discussion topics will include marine reserves, wave energy, LNG, etc. Lets get a big turnout! More info will be posted on event calendar soon. Click here for the document Draft_ORMarineReservePolicyGuidance112907.pdf

December 1, 2007

Wave Energy Workshop: Ecological Effects

On Oct 11-12, a diverse group of 50 marine scientists met in Newport to discuss potential ecological impacts of wave energy development on Oregon’s coastal ecosystems. The workshop included discussion of possible effects to benthic and pelagic habitats, as well as fish, seabird, and mammal species. The State of Oregon is interested in wave energy development as a clean, renewable resource. The findings of this workshop should help inform efforts to avoid or mitigate impacts to ocean ecosystems. To this end, Oregon Chapter of Surfrider is using these workshop findings in the development of recommendations for research and monitoring of wave energy projects. To read summary of the workshop findings: http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/waveenergy/

November 14, 2007

New Mid-Coast Blue Water Partners and Influence

The Newport Blue Water Task Force continues to expand with new projects and partnerships with OSU Extension’s after school programming and the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Youth Volunteer Program. Additionally the central coast chapter has formed a new campaign to better framework the increased watershed management potentials which the Blue Water Task Force influences. Beginning with watershed protection ordinances forthe Big Creek resevoir, the city of Newport’s culinary water source, the chapter hopes to adopt similar protection ordinances for urban watersheds. Implementing management strategies and land use planning ordinances is visioning beyond water quality problems and working toward solutions through engaging citizens, science and stakeholder interest into management decisions. This begins with the simple grassroots activities such as collecting water samples and grows into much greater possibilities for management. Learn more at http://www.surfrider.org/centralcoastoregon/ or find out how you can get involved by visiting http://www.surfrider.org/oregon/volunteers.html.
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