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. 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.
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!
When: March 8th and 9th, 2013, 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 may 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.
Contact: Peter Snell: firstname.lastname@example.org (541-520-5174)
RSVP by e-mail appreciated.
A reminder that a big youth surfer contest is coming up June 16th at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park. All surfers 18 and under are invited to compete. All surfers must have a parent or guardian with them to fill out a waiver form. Pre-registration deadline is June 14th. Only fifty slots available so register early on line by clicking here.
Surfrider says they also need volunteers for the event. So if you’d like to help by volunteering, email to: Vince.Pappalardo@hp.com
Provided by Surfrider
The Surfrider Foundation’s Newport, Siuslaw and Portland Chapters announced this week that they will be hosting the 4th annual Otter Rock n’ Roll Youth Surf and Beach Cleanup Challenge in celebration of International Surfing Day. Observed globally, International Surfing Day celebrates the sport of surfing and helps raise awareness about issues facing our oceans, waves and beaches.
The Otter Rock N’ Roll begins 8am, June 16th at Otter Rock/Devil’s Punchbowl State Park and runs until 4pm. It’s an 18 and under surf contest open to all surfers, beginners and beach enthusiasts. Event pre-registration is $20. To register, click here. Space is limited, sign up early to reserve your spot! Beach registration is $35 and closes at 8am sharp. All participants will receive an event t-shirt and great prizes from local sponsors; there will be beach games and activities throughout the day, including the special beach cleanup challenge, where youth can compete for different prizes through various stewardship activities.
Otter Rock n Roll began 4 years ago in celebration of International Surfing Day which is officially observed on June 20th, uniting surfers from around the world to celebrate the sport of surfing and give back to our oceans, waves and beaches through stewardship activities. “This is an opportunity for us to engage kids in our community with fun and positive activities that can encourage stewardship, physical exercise and healthy competition” says Charlie Plybon, Oregon Field Manager for Surfrider Foundation.
Local sponsors include: Ocean Pulse, Ossie’s Surf Shop, Oregon Surf Shop, Pura Vida Surf Shop, Warm Current, Eon Graphics, Bike Newport, Cascade Construction, Savory Café, Coast Home Repair, Dutch Brothers – Newport, Reef and Von Zipper.
In addition to the Otter Rock n Roll event, the Surfrider Foundation has announced that 11-Time World Champion surfers Kelly Slater and four time Women’s World Champion Stephanie Gilmore will be this year’s International Surfing Day Ambassadors. Supporters and fans can follow Kelly on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KellySlater) and Twitter (@KellySlater), and Stephanie (@steph_gilmore) on Twitter as they update fans on what they are doing for International Surfing Day, and how supporters can get involved with a local event and give back to our oceans, waves and beaches.