Newport Chapter

News: Enjoying Special Places

Public Invited to Celebrate Cascade Head Marine Reserve July 18

The Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve invites the general public to come out and join them Saturday, July 18th for a day of fun and ecology-based activities, celebrating the land-sea connection of the terrestrial preserve and the newly established Marine Reserve in the adjacent waters. The free, family-friendly event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Knight Park, the public boat launch site just off North Three Rocks Road near the mouth of the Salmon River. From boat tours to guided hikes, fish grill, kids art activities and awesome music from the Lucky Gap String Band, there’s something here for everyone!

Otter Rock Beach Cleanup — April 12th, Noon to 2pm

Come pitch in and help protect the Otter Rock Marine Reserve and Marine Gardens this Sunday! We are having a special cleanup of the Otter Rock/Devils Punch Bowl north beach and Marine Gardens that has asphalt on it from some failing paths and parking lots.  This involves breaking the larger chunks into smaller pieces that can then be carried from the beach in a chain style fashion with fellow volunteers!

Wave Energy Research in Newport – A hub in regional effort

For the past 5 years, wave energy industry and research interest off the Oregon and Washington coasts have taken recreational users, fishermen, and the vast audience of ocean users and resource managers on a roller coaster ride of reaction, planning and public process. By the end of the ride, culminating in a new chapter for wave energy in our Territorial Sea Plan, it was clear that much of the coastal support for wave energy was wary of outside industry, favoring trusted research and academic partnerships with a strong interest in piloting devices and slow build-out for commercial projects. Newport is a prime example where these interests are being executed, as part of a regional partnership through the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center; where trusted local university research helps support industry research. Newport is home to the North Energy Test Site and will be the future home of the South Energy Test Site. Both of these sites act as a hub in the testing of devices from the marine renewable energy industry in cooperation with local universities (OSU in Oregon and UW in Washington).

Marine Reserves: What Does the Public Think?

ODFW is hosting a presentation Wednesday November 6th from 2 – 3pm in the HMSC Library Seminar Room. OSU Professor Mark Needham will be presenting results from a new scientifically grounded random and representative survey of a large number of residents living along the entire Oregon coast, especially in areas near these reserves (i.e., communities of place), that assessed their knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral intentions in response to marine reserves.

Highway Cleanup this Saturday-CANCELED!

The highway clean-up this weekend has been canceled due to ODOT furloughs. We are looking to re-schedule sometime next month. Stay Tuned!

Join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation and Oregon Hang Gliders Association as they help keep Hwy 101 litter and debris from reaching our beloved beaches. A few volunteers can make a big difference in a short amount of time, we welcome all age participants and this is a great community service hours opportunity for students.

Save the Harbor Seal’s Pupping Grounds!

We need your help! Time is running out incredibly fast to save the harbor seals from pupping alongside Chevelle’s tangled crab pots!

I can’t stress enough how much we need a large contingent of folks this weekend to move the remaining crab gear off this beach! Saturday and Sunday is all we have left! After that, the beach is closed to us as the harbor seals will move in and begin raising their newborns. We can’t afford to endanger the baby harbor seals by leaving any remnants of this crab gear behind. We must act this weekend. And we must act with every able bodied individual that can assist!

Please pass the word on to every single person you know that can dedicate a few hours this coming Saturday and Sunday morning to make this crab gear disappear before it’s too late. We need families, we need high school students, we need college students, we need retirees, we need ocean lovers, beach combers…whatever category you fit into, WE NEED YOU!

For this project, individuals 14 and over are requested due to the rocky terrain at the project site.