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Public invited to hear speakers developing Climate Adaption Projects

PUBLIC INVITED TO HEAR SPEAKERS FROM COMMUNITY CLIMATE ADAPTATION PROJECTS

Representatives from community planning groups in Neskowin and Port Orford will visit Newport on Aug. 17th to talk about their experiences with recent community-based, planning processes that addressed climate change impacts. Several representatives from the Neskowin Coastal Hazards Committee, including former forest scientist and local resident Pete Owston, will discuss the processes and outcomes of planning efforts to address the severe beach erosion that currently poses as a hazard to the community and threatens its future. The committee created a county-wide policy document that lays the ground work for community-based planning for the short and long term in Tillamook County.

Representatives from the Port Orford Community Climate Change Project, including David Holman, Chair of the Port Orford and Curry County Planning Commissions, will speak about a joint effort involving the Port Orford Ocean Resource Team, local citizens, scientists from Oregon State University, and the Sea Grant program. The groups met over several months to discuss potential impacts of climate change to the Port Orford area, and made efforts to collaboratively consider what the community might want to do to address challenges.

The Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition has launched a special pilot project in Lincoln County to explore the challenges of adaptation to climate change. The Aug. 17 meeting marks the third in a year-long series of meetings with Lincoln County citizens to initiate planning efforts with potential climate change impacts in mind. Core citizen teams have begun to develop to take on the planning challenge. Teams have been organized for the county as a whole, and for the communities of Newport and Yachats. More volunteers are needed; there is still plenty of time for interested Lincoln County residents to join one of the core teams.

The Aug. 17 event was organized to enable interested Lincoln County residents to learn about how neighboring communities are approaching climate change adaption through various planning efforts and decision-making processes.

The event, sponsored by the Coastal Climate Change Adaptation Project of the Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, takes place 7 p.m. at Oregon Coast Community College’s lecture hall (Room 62). It is free and open to the public. The college is located at 400 S.E. College Way in Newport.

For more information, or to volunteer, contact Paris Edwards, (541) 414-9371 or paris@oregonshores.org.

Date and Time: Wednesday, August 17th @ 7:00pm
Location: OCCC Newport Lecture Hall (Rm 62), The OCCC is located at 400 SE College Way, Newport, OR 9736

Directions:

From East – Hwy 20
As you enter Newport, proceed to the second light, preparing for a left turn at the light. This is the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 101. Proceed approximately 1.5 miles, crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge and continuing south to 40th Street. Turn left at 40th Street (turning lane). Proceed up the hill approximately one mile. Turn right into Oregon Coast Community College. Parking in the college parking lot is free.

From North – Hwy 101
As you enter Newport, proceed to the intersection of Hwy. 20 and Hwy. 101. Continue through the intersection for approximately 1.5 miles, crossing the Yaquina Bay Bridge and continuing south to 40th Street. Turn left at 40th Street (turning lane). Proceed up the hill approximately one mile. Turn right into Oregon Coast Community College. Parking in the college parking lot is free.

From South – Hwy 101
Turn right at 40th Street in South Beach. Proceed up the hill approximately one mile. Turn right into Oregon Coast Community College. Parking in the college parking lot is free.

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