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10 threatened U.S. coastlines

By: Katherine Butler on July 5, 2012, 12:09 p.m.
Oregon coast

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Oregon's green coast

The Pacific Northwest is rich in habitat and landscape, with its rainy winters and temperate summers. Oregon has nearly 363 miles of coastline, containing “rugged cliffs to evergreen forests to Sahara-like dunes to sandy beaches,” as described by the Oregon Tour and Travel Alliance. Several conservation agencies work to maintain the coastline, famous for its rocky cliffs and ubiquitous lighthouses. One such agency is the North Coast Land Conservancy (NCLC), formed in 1986 to preserve the landscape of the North Oregon Coast. Click here to find out more about several volunteer opportunities offered by the NCLC. Pictured here is the Oregon coast near Tillamook.