Oregon Sea Grant has reduced the price of one of its most popular DVDs

We’ve reduced the price of one of our most popular DVDs. The Watersheds and Salmon Collection DVD is now priced at $12.95 (was $29.95) plus shipping and handling. It contains the following four videos:

Life Cycle of the Salmon (5 minutes)
Governor Kitzhaber Interview (9 minutes)
The Return of the Salmon (33 minutes)
Salmon: Why Bother? (12 minutes)

You may purchase Watersheds and Salmon Collection DVD online from Oregon Sea Grant.

New video: Preparing for Coastal Climate Change

Climate change carries with it both risk and uncertainty, which makes it a challenge to discuss and an even greater challenge to prepare for. Oregon Sea Grant has joined the climate conversation by listening to coastal residents and trying to address their most pressing questions, with the assistance of topical experts.

Questions addressed by Preparing for Coastal Climate Change include:
• What’s the difference between weather and climate?
• What tools are used?
• How can scientists make claims about what the climate will be like 100 years from now if they can’t always reliably predict the weather just a few days from now?
• How is climate change related to storms, El Niño, and rising sea levels?
• What are some likely erosion effects we can expect to see as a result of these changes?
• What do “dead zones” have to do with climate change?
• How might increased levels of carbon dioxide affect sea life?
• How will storms and flooding affect the landscape in the coming years?
• What is government’s role in helping coastal communities prepare for and respond to climate change?
• What provisions are there for shoreline protective structures?

For additional resources about the changing climate, its local effects, and other coastal issues, visit seagrant.oregonstate.edu

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New video showcases Cummins Creek Wilderness

Cummins Creek on the central Oregon coast is perhaps easy to miss. Where it enters into the ocean about three miles south of Yachats, it’s just a modest stream. But those who know it consider it a hidden gem, as Congress recognized in 1984 by protecting the forest that surrounds the creek in order to “preserve in a wilderness state the last remaining virgin stands of Sitka spruce, western hemlock, and Douglas fir in Oregon’s coastal lands.”

This short video highlights not only the beauty of the place but the role of the Sitka spruce forests in both Oregon history and environmental understanding.

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Low impact development workshops being held throughout Oregon

Oregon Sea Grant Extension is partnering with the Oregon Environmental Council to offer a series of low impact development (LID) workshops for Oregon¹s growing communities. The goal is to expand the adoption of sustainable stormwater management practices that protect watersheds from urban runoff while reducing costs. The workshops will be of particular interest to builders, developers, designers, stormwater engineers, elected officials, jurisdictional staff, and other professionals.

For more information and registration, visit: http://www.oeconline.org/our-work/rivers/stormwater/low-impact-development/lid-workshops  

New publications available from Oregon Sea Grant

The following publications are available from

Barriers and Opportunities for Low Impact Development: Case Studies from Three Oregon Communities

GardenSmart Oregon: a guide to non-invasive plants

On the Lookout for Aquatic Invaders: Identification Guide for the Pacific Northwest

Oregon Coastal Access Guide: A Mile-by-Mile Guide to Scenic and Recreational Attractions (2nd edition)

Proceedings of the West Coast Symposium on the Effects of Tide Gates on Estuarine Habitats and Fishes

New publications available from Oregon Sea Grant

The following publications and DVD are available online at http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/sgpubs/newpubs.html

This is Oregon Sea Grant

Oregon’s Coastal Marine Recreational Fishing Community:….

Public Outreach and Behavior Change:….

Responses to the West Coast Groundfish Disaster:….

Salmon and Estuaries:….

Tsunami Awareness for Fishermen and Mariners

Oregon Sea Grant Program Report 2007:…. [DVD and booklet]