Save Cape Lookout!

Victory | April 06 2017

Coastal Preservation

Boy Scouts of America’s Cascade Pacific Council is considering leasing 200 acres of property for a golf course development just south of Cape Lookout and adjacent their Meriwether and Camp Clark facilities. Surfrider Foundation Oregon chapters' have joined up with long-time scout camp leaders, recreational users and others opposed to the project to help Save Cape Lookout from development due to it's strong ecological and recreational value.

The formal scoping and negotiations for the golf course lease at Cape Lookout have been going on for nearly 2 years now with the Council and developer Mike Keiser going back and forth over various land use and site compatiblility issues. The site represents a very emotional and meaningful place to many scouts who had their first experiences on the Oregon coast at the Camp Meriwether facility. Steady opposition by scout leaders and Surfrider volunteers that find this place special and unique have gone from petitioning and internally organizing Scout troops across Oregon to contacting donors to reconsider their contributions to BSA.

Victory! On April 6, 2017, Cascade Pacific Council (CPC) announced their intentions to "not pursue a long-term lease nor build a golf course". Siting land constraints, we're thrilled that CPC has decided not to pursue this project, especially given the well-over 4,000 individuals that petitioned against the project, attended CPC public meetings and made legal challenges on the constraints for the development. Cape Lookout is a special place, one that only the astute and adventurous surfer or other recreational user knows - another remote and magical Oregon coastal headland that deserves protection. 

Coastal Preservation

Beaches are a unique and dynamic landscape that should be protected for the future. The Surfrider Foundation is leading efforts at the state and local levels to protect our shorelines on every coast. Our efforts are focused on establishing appropriate setbacks for development, opposing shoreline structures, and placing coastal lands in public trust.

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