Coos Bay Chapter

The Coos Bay Chapter is dedicated to the protection of oceans, waves and beaches in the greater Coos County area More Details
December 12, 2007 | No Comments

FREE AT LAST!!!

Rallying around the 10th anniversary of the Oregon Chapters’ of Surfrider Foundation victory to protect free and open access to the South Jetty, Florence area coastal activists have refocused their efforts on continuing threats to access of our coastal scenic vistas. Harbor Vista County Park, also known locally amongst regulars as “Chicken Point” was this past summer included as an area charging user fees of $3. For many, frequenting this unique viewpoint is how they start their day, decide which jetty to go surf, or if they want to burn the gas and risk their lives by crossing the notorious Siuslaw River Bar to chase fish. 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 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!
November 9, 2007 | No Comments

Dolphin Protection

This is my first blog posting, please bear with me. Thought some folks out there might find some of these interesting. Enjoy!

http://www.surfline.com/surfnews/surfwire.cfm?id=11948

www.seashepherd.org/taiji

http://wildlifedirect.org/blogAdmin/whalesharks/2007/11/01/stop-the-dolphin-slaughter-in-japan/

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21689083/http://www.dispatch.co.za/2007/11/05/Easterncape/aalead.html

www. savejapandolphins .org

November 7, 2007 | No Comments

Harbor Vista Campaign Support

On November 28, 2007 at 9:00 am at the Lane County Commission meeting local Florence residents and users from all over are encouraged to come and give comments in support of this campaign to stop a newly implaced user fee at Harbor Vista. Harbor Vista, more commonly known by locals as Chicken Point, has a local cultural significance. Fisherman, surfers and other ocean users have used this lookout to check the bar and ocean conditions for years. They have also historically used this parking area free of charge. In the summer of 2007, Lane County Parks emplaced a fee with no general improvement or services for the parking area. The park is essentially taxing local residents with a fee that offers no services for those parking. Day-use fees set a dangerous precedent for public rights to free and open access to our beaches and coastline scenic views. Please show your support by helping give comments to the county commission at the meeting or just call them let them know your in objection to this fee! Comments can be made to the commission from both Eugene and Florence and for more details contact Gus Gates at ggates@surfrider.org
October 11, 2007 | No Comments

Marine Reserve Forum Florence – October 16

On Tues, Oct 16, Surfrider is sponsoring an open forum from 6-8pm in Florence in Bromley room of the Siuslaw Public Library. Entitled Marine Reserves: What YOU Need to Know, the forum will feature presentations from members of the Oregon Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) on Oregon’s public process to establish a network of reserves in Oregon’s Territorial Sea. The evening will also feature the short film: Common Ground: Oregon’s Ocean, produced by Greenfire Productions, as well as opportunities to get involved at the local and state level. Food and Beverages will be provided. All are welcome. See you there!

October 11, 2007 | No Comments

Port Orford Water Quality News

Check out this great article written by one of our great Port Orford locals, Rachel Moore (http://portorfordlocalnews.com/?p=311). Rachel has worked within the community supporting Surfrider and POORT in thier land sea connections for stewardship planning. Rachel’s work as an observer has opened her up to a great dialogue with fisherman at sea, where the conversations really matter for the local community. Bridging that sea-going dialouge with terrestrial and nearshore stewardship and outreach efforts through the watershed council and our Blue water task force program has been one of Rachel’s recent focal points. Thanks Rachel!

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