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Help Clean Up Yaquina Head from Shipwreck Debris!!!

Cleaning up Yaquina Head March 8 & 9 Surfrider Foundation

Cleaning up Yaquina Head
March 8 & 9
Surfrider Foundation

When: March 8th and 9th (Friday & Saturday). 2:00PM-6:00PM both days.

The gate to the parking lot will be locked as of 5 PM, please be sure to arrive prior to 5 PM so you can enter the site.

Where: Yaquina Head Lighthouse Cobble Beach – sign in at interpretive center and then proceed to the lighthouse. The cobble beach is down the stairway on the south side of the parking area.

Directions: Heading north on highway 101 in Newport take a left near the northern end of Newport at NW Lighthouse Dr. Follow that road through fee booth (booth is not in use at this time of the year) and follow signs for the interpretive center. All volunteers must check in here at the interpretive center before proceeding to Cobble Beach for cleanup.

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Contact: Peter Snell: nptsurfridercc@gmail.com (541-520-5174) RSVP by e-mail appreciated Join the Newport Chapter of Surfrider Foundation, Bureau of Land Management and Oregon Parks and Recreation Department to help remove derelict crabbing gear from a pristine cobblestone beach at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. Over 1,000 lbs of gear was removed from the first cleanup but nearly 2/3 of the gear remains and needs to be removed. A few volunteers can make a big difference in a short amount of time.

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

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Our project goal is to cut apart a large mass of rope and metal crabbing debris and carry it out of the site for proper disposal. Be aware this site requires descending and ascending a flight of over 100 stairs to the cobblestone beach and walking on large unstable rock cobblestones. Rubber boots are recommended or sturdy boots. Please bring work gloves if you have them or if you don’t Surfrider Foundation will provide you with gloves to use as well as plastic cleanup bags to carry debris out of the site.

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March 8th 2:00PM-6:00PM This first day will consist of cutting apart the rope and metal that remains for easier removal. Debris will be moved against the headland for removal the following day. Volunteers should wear sturdy shoes, and bring along tools if they have them such as knives with serrated blades, hacksaws with blades for cutting metal debris, sturdy hand pruners that can clip rope, and battery powered reciprocating saws. These tools can help greatly to accomplish cutting through the large quantity of rope! Please be well aware that to participate in the cutting of the rope you must scramble over a lava outcropping and down several large boulders. Volunteers utilizing a power tool such as a reciprocating saws will be required to participate in a safety briefing before use of the tool.

March 9th 2:00PM-6:00PM Saturday’s cleanup will consist of cutting apart any remaining debris and hauling it all over the lava outcrop and out of the site via the stairway. With your help we can prevent this rope and metal debris from washing out to sea and endangering wildlife and littering our beloved coastline for years to come! Special thanks to Thompson’s Sanitary and Lincoln Solid Waste District for donation of a dumpster, hauling and rope recycling efforts!

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