Our Progress From July 1, 2014 Through June 30, 2015

A "journey" is the best way to describe the first 12 months of the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership. During that time, we raised awareness of the existence of Oregon's marine reserves, engaged local communities through events and workshops, forged relationships with new partners, and expanded our outreach footprint through signs, displays, and social media. With 12 months under our feet, we're feeling less like a startup and more like we have our sea legs.


Our Work Engaging Communities
Oregon's marine reserves are all about "community," from the coastal communities that call these places home to the central Oregonians that benefit from the seafood bounty and recreational opportunities these special places provide. In 2014-2015, we sought to engage Oregon's communities in marine reserves in the following ways:


Fund Community Grants

OMRP funded five community grants in early 2015, which will be implemented in mid- to late-2015:

Ridge-to-Reef Watershed Ecology Camp - The Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council will highlight the connection between water and habitat quality in the Coast Range to the Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Protected Areas. Each day of the camp will focus on visiting a specific active habitat restoration site to conduct relevant habitat monitoring.


 RIDGETOREEFCAMP   Ridge-to-Reef students. Photo credit: G. Klag

Cape Perpetua Visitor Center Communication Coordinator - The Cape Perpetua Foundation hired a part-time education/outreach coordinator to raise awareness of the significance of the Cape Perpetua Marine Reserve, while also interpreting the Reserve’s unique connection with terrestrial restoration and old-growth temperate rainforest conservation efforts. 


cape perpetua hike
Guided Cape Perpetua hike. Photo credit: USFS

Coastal Edge: The Land-Sea Connection - The North Coast Land Conservancy will conduct four public community events, introducing people to the marine reserves and the ecological principal of the Land Sea Connection in the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. The Conservancy will host two public education walks this summer, in partnership with Friends of the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, that highlight the value of the Marine Reserve and the biodiversity found when the forest meets the sea. They will also host two lectures in partnership with Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve. 


cape perpetua
Cape Perpetua. Photo credit: USFS

Cascade Head Marine Reserve Event - The Friends of Cascade Head Marine Reserve will engage local partners (e.g., the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council, Lincoln County Audubon Society) and about 300 members of the public through an event at Knight Park that includes a variety of activities associated with the marine reserve.


cascade head
Cascade Head. Photo credit: Ben Nieves
Cape Falcon Marine Reserve Outreach - The Friends of Cape Falcon Marine Reserve will engage 1,000 coastal homeowners and residents with the marine reserve through mailings, and two events, one in Cannon Beach and the other in Manzanita. cape falcon

Participate in Community Events
Cape Perpetua Land-Sea Symposium (December 2014) - More than 100 people participated in the 2014 Land-Sea Symposium at the Yachats Commons. The event, hosted by OMRP member organizations (Audubon Society of Portland, Surfrider Foundation and Cape Perpetua Foundation) promoted local stewardship efforts and raising awareness about scientific research conducted in and around Cape Perpetua.


State of the Coast Conference (October 2014) - Hundreds of people participated in the 2014 State of the Coast conference in Florence, Oregon to share current science, policy and issues.


Prioritizing Non-Market Value Research for Oregon's Marine Reserves and Protected Areas (April 2015) - The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership and Oregon State University co-hosted a workshop to articulate and prioritize non-market human dimensions research in Oregon's marine reserves and special coastal places.


Participate in marine reserve community teams

Walking the Talk - Outreach

The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership seeks to raise awareness, support, and appreciation of Oregon's system of marine reserves and protected areas through engaging, informative, and effective outreach and education initiatives. Here's what we accomplished from mid-2014 through mid-2015:

  • Created and launched our website (http://www.oregonmarinereserves.org) as well as our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/oregonsmarinereserves).
  • Produced a video on the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve, and launched the development of two new videos - on Cape Perpetua and Cascade Head Marine Reserves.
  • Shared information about Oregon's marine reserves through our listserv.
  • Distributed press releases and public service announcements about Oregon's marine reserves.
  • Designed and installed marine reserve backlit displays at interstate rest areas throughout Oregon in partnership with Travel Oregon.
  • Awarded a contract to Lodestar to produce up to 25 interpretive panels on marine reserves along the coast of Oregon.
  • Promoted citizen volunteer opportunities through partners and the media.
  • Launched a statewide marine reserves photo contest that concludes in October of 2015.
  • Launched a Marine Reserve Community Advisory Committee to develop effective strategies to engage communities in marine reserves.
  • Worked with the Oregon Institute of Marine Biology to draft text for an exhibit on the science of marine reserves.
  • Worked with the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to initiate plans for an interactive science exhibit on Oregon's marine reserves.
  • Worked with the Oregon Zoo to initiate plans for an exhibit.
  • Worked with numerous facilities along the Oregon coast to develop plans for interpretive displays.
  • Launched several website parallax scrolling projects.
  • Hosted an exhibit at the Oregon State Capitol for one week in June.
  • Produced a seabird flyer, rack card, and a PISCO bookmark on the science of marine reserves.
  • Began migration of photos and videos to one online site to develop an online repository.
  • Produced five teardrop banners, one for each of the marine reserves.
  • Took initial steps to create Whale Trail sites in Oregon, establishing a West coast- wide program with designated whale watching sites in Oregon's marine reserves.


"The Sea That Feeds Us" Photo ContestTHE SEA THAT FEEDS US PHOTO CONTEST

Citizen Science

Citizen science connects people with marine reserves, instills an appreciation of the roles of science and monitoring to ocean health and our understanding of the functioning of ocean life in marine reserves, and helps advance scientific research conducted by volunteers.

Examples of citizen science conducted in 2014-2015 include:


 clam shell correlations 

Clam Shell Correlations, a program that correlates live clam populations with abundance of clam shells in the intertidal zone. Photo credit: Redfish Rocks Community Team.


The Nuts and Bolts

Managing the day-to-day operations of the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership is critical to long-term success and sustainability. Although not glamorous, these tasks are priorities for the partnership as they are foundational to funding, accountability, and strategic direction. In 2014-2015, we accomplished the following:

  • Completed a strategic framework and adopted a logo.
  • Contracted with a legislative liaison for the 2015 Oregon legislative session.
  • Met with numerous potential partners and others to inform them about our strategic vision.
  • Developed and managed our budget.
  • Wrote and was awarded grants from three nonprofit foundations.
  • Became a fiscally sponsored project of The Ocean Foundation.
  • Developed a communications plan.
  • Created a Google calendar for OMRP partners to share information about events.
  • Contracted with a graphic designer for graphic design support of OMRP materials.
  • Supported a contract to obtain 100 short underwater videos from ODFW research to leverage scientific content online.
  • Took steps to enhance our organizational effectiveness by exploring a grant and contract to complete an organizational assessment and refine communication strategies beginning in the fall of 2015.
  • Three OMRP members participated in two Ocean Policy Advisory Council meetings.

Reflections . . . .

"We created the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership to help protect the legacy of these special places. Oregon's marine reserves belong to everyone and we can all play a part in supporting their success. By involving the public in education, science, and stewardship, the Partnership is working to ensure these areas will be protected for years to come."

~ Pete Stauffer, Surfrider Foundation

pete at redfish rocks


"I am so pleased with the newly formed OMRP. This effort builds on our past successes and relationships with ODFW as well as in the communities. I see continued progress on our Ocean Conservation efforts, which has a focus on implementing the Marine Reserve management, communication and awareness strategies."

~ Paul Engelmeyer, Audubon Society of Portland


Paul Engelmeyer

Oregon's marine reserves and protected areas provide scientific, inspirational and spiritual experiences for Oregonians. While these opportunities are abundant, there is a clear need to promote the myriad of marine life that too call the marine reserves and protected areas home along with our coastal communities. The Cascade Head Marine Reserve and Protected Area lies uniquely located next to Lincoln City one of the Oregon Coast's largest communities. The OMRP Community Grant helped the Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council in partnership with the Lincoln County School District to provide ridge to reef watershed ecology camp experiences for over 60 students. The three day camp mirrored and highlighted the life history migrations of the threatened Oregon Coast Coho Salmon by exploring active restoration sites to enhance the recovery of the specie. OMRP funds supported the near shore component of watershed ecology camps and will allow students to share their experiences this fall in the form of signage and showcase at the Eventuary on November 7th."

~ Graham Klag, Salmon Drift Creek Watershed Council

Ridge to Reef student
Ridge-to-reef student conducting pebble counts for coho spawning habitat.
Photo credit : Graham Klag.

"OMRP’s community grant provided us with an opportunity to tell a vital story of Cape Perpetua’s protected marine resources, and to connect this story to our National Forest conservation efforts. Visitors from across Oregon and around the world come to experience the ocean and intertidal ecosystems at Cape Perpetua, and most arrive unaware of the existence of a marine reserve. Having a part-time education and communications coordinator on staff allows us to meet the increasing demand of the public, local schools and community organizations visiting our site. This has enabled us to consistently provide an informed staff presence at our coastal recreation sites, creating meaningful connections with visitors who come away with a deeper appreciation of Cape Perpetua’s significance."

~ Brian Hoeh, Siuslaw National Forest       

Cape Perpetua tours
Cape Perpetua tours