Communities and the
Living Ocean

Coastal Communities and the Living Ocean

From Astoria to Gold Beach, coastal communities are connected with the ocean through history and livelihood. We have studied this connection and use the knowledge gained to help make the coast a better place to live.

The CRA Coastal Program works with a strong coalition of coastal conservation organizations with a focus on Oregon’s Marine Reserve program and coastal climate change impacts. At the CRA we explore two main issues: marine conservation and the impacts of climate change on coastal communities and environments. Our Coastal Program is headed up by Jim Carlson. Email him at jim.netarts@gmail.com to learn more and to get involved.

Stay connected through our Ocean News email digest and learn more about our Coastal Programs in the sections below.

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Oregon Coast Ocean News

A monthly email digest of the most important Oregon focused climate & ocean stories. This newsletter also features local events and updates from Oregon’s Marine Reserve program. Concise & relevant – don’t miss an issue.

The Ocean & Climate

Because of Climate Change, today the Oregon Coast is experiencing dramatic changes to our nearshore ocean environments and coast. These changes include rising sea level, hypoxic nearshore ocean waters, seasonal temperature changes, more acidic ocean waters, and changes in forest cover. We observe these changes everyday and prepare for the acceleration of these impacts on our communities, fisheries, wildlife, and coastal environments. Learn more about CRA’s Ocean’s & Climate work and how to get involved.

Ocean Science & Conservation

CRA works with a strong coalition of coastal conservation organizations working on Oregon’s Marine Reserve program. Learn about the Marine Reserve program and the important research and conservation being done on the Oregon Coast.

2008 Coastal Economy and Environment Report by the Coast Range Association

“This paper reports on the first phase of an economic analysis linking marine and marine influenced ecological conditions to the general coastal economy by exploring those ecosystem services that connect economy and ecology. We present the general concept of ecosystem services and discuss qualitatively their contribution to the coastal economy of Oregon. Specifically, we provide the background ecological economics framework in which the role of ecosystem services is assessed in their support of the coastal economy.”

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