Boiler Bay rocky habitat

Our mission is to encourage residents and visitors to protect and enjoy the native birds,
other wildlife, and habitats found on the Central Oregon Coast.

Serving Lincoln and Tillamook Counties since 2006


IN THE NEWS

COVID Alert: Masks may be required at our events and all safety protocols will be followed. We will post updates that affect our activities for each event here and on our Facebook pages.

2022 BIRD WALKS

Special Monthly Lincoln City Bird Walks resume
Suspended in 2021, we are again partnering with Lincoln City Parks & Recreation and Explore Lincoln City to bring you special monthly birdwalks in the Lincoln City area. Most of these are in addition to our regular "Second Saturday" walks.

Friday, May 13, 9-11am
Lincoln City Bird Walk ~ Cutler City Wetlands Open Space
. This is an easy walk through a unique and lovely wooded wetlands. More info...

Saturday, May 14, 9-11am
Second Saturday Bird Walk ~ Mike Miller Park, Newport
. Moderate walk through enchanting forests in south Newport. More info...

Our Rocky Habitat Campaign
Join our My Favorite Rocky Habitat group on Facebook and share your stories, photos, and videos about your favorite rocky sites on the Lincoln and Tillamook coast!

LEARN MORE! Our proposals for Cape Foulweather and Cape Lookout are going to be considered by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council at their Spring 2022 meeting.

Please help us make the case for
protecting these iconic sites.


LISTEN to an interview on Coast Range Radio as ASLC President dawn villaescusa talks about our rocky habitat proposals!

WATCH our stunning videos showing the beauty and importance of Cape Lookout and of the Cape Foulweather Complex

TAKE ACTION!

TAKE ACTION TODAY TO PROTECT THREATENED AND ENDANGERED SPECIES!
Raise your voice. It can be difficult and intimidating to wade through hundreds of pages of potential plans, regulations, and rules that control how our local habitat is managed by state and federal agencies. We know you want to be part the process, to advance the best outcomes for things we care aboutwater supplies, birds, wildlife, and the habitat that supports them.
More info...

How to Contact Your Elected Officials: Find out who your Federal, State, and local officials are and obtain their contact information. More info...

SUPPORT US

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RESOURCES

Help with Bird Identification We've set up a couple of pages to help you identify the birds that you're seeing in your backyards and along the coast.

~ Backyard Birds of Oregon's Central Coast
~ Birds of Oregon's Coastal Habitat

Whether you are a resident state birder or a visitor, you might be interested in finding out what birds were sighted where in the state and when. Click here for up-to-date reports from the OBOL (Oregon Birders Online).

If you are interested in signing up to receive Oregon bird sightings reported to OBOL, click here.

eBird includes reports of birds seen locally and around the world. For recent reports and places to bird in Lincoln County, click here. For Tillamook County, click here.

Want to know the status of bird migrations? Check out BirdCast, the realtime migration forecast by The Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

See our Links page for more resources.

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Injured birds, dead mammals, poaching,
call: State Police: 800-452-7888

Injured Birds along central OR coast, call
Harry Dodson (Lincoln City) 541-921-0048

Injured Bird and Mammal Rehab Centers:
Chintimini Wildlife Center (Corvallis) 541-745-5324
Wildlife Care Center (Portland) 503-292-0304
Turtle Ridge Wildlife Center (Salem) 503-540-8664
Wildlife Center of the North Coast (Astoria) 503-338-0331

Injured Raptors
Cascades Raptor Center (Eugene) 541-485-1320







The New Private Forest Accord

A Watershed moment for the Future of Oregon's Forests

Recently, industrial timber, small woodlands, and conservation representatives hammered out an agreement known as the Private Forest Accord. While much more needs to be done to improve the health of our forests, this is a tremendous opportunity to update and modernize Oregon’s Forest Practices Act to the benefit of all Oregonians. The agreement prepares for development of a Habitat Conservation Plan designed to protect endangered species. While the agreement does not specifically mention drinking water, the proposed no-cut buffers will improve both water quality and quantity in streams that cross private timber lands. This is a big deal for coastal communities like Lincoln City.

Oregon clearcutting
Photo courtesy of Oregon Wild

BACKGROUND

For many years there have been deep political and social tensions over the Oregon Forest Practices Act (FPA). The FPA was one of the first in the nation in 1971. But as science and public expectations grew, neighboring states like Washington and California dramatically revamped their forest laws to better protect water quality and fish and wildlife habitat than in Oregon. Oregon evolved only incrementally. Efforts by fishing and conservation groups to advance reform through the Board of Forestry or the state legislature were consistently unsuccessful. Key federal agencies also weighed in strongly on the need for reform, and they cut off millions of dollars in grants to coastal communities because Oregon forest laws did not protect water quality. In contrast, many timber industry advocates maintained that changes were unnecessary.

In late 2019, Governor Brown convened two parties, a coalition of fishing and conservation groups and the timber industry, to seek resolution outside of the ballot box. The intensive negotiations resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which included a commitment to pursue mediation to seek a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) for private forests focusing on protecting imperiled fish. This overall approach -- agreement by the parties to set aside past conflicts and to work together to a common goal -- came to be called the Private Forest Accord (PFA).

Oregon clearcutting
Photo courtesy of Oregon Wild

The parties worked steadily throughout 2021, with multiple long meetings every week. The parties signed an agreement early in the morning on October 30, which the Governor announced later that morning via press release. All of the documents that were affirmed on October 30 are available here [PDF]. Ten summary documents, available on request, were prepared by the conservation and fishing negotiators to provide shorter descriptions of the issues covered in the agreement. The agreement now advances to the legislature to be codified into law; following that, a plan will be developed to present to federal fish and wildlife agencies for final approval under the Endangered Species Act.

Clearcut without stream buffer
Oregon clearcut without stream buffer
Photo courtesy of Oregon Wild

LEARN MORE!

View our recent webinar to learn how the PFA will safeguard water quality, provide rural communities with greater economic certainty, and protect threatened and endangered fish through a Habitat Conservation Plan. Panel speakers were at the table throughout the negotiations. They share how this historic agreement came to be, what it means, and what still needs to happen to make it a reality as Oregon moves forward into a new era of forest management.

Oregon forest
Photo courtesy of dawn villaescusa

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