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Coast Range Radio holds conversations with the many dedicated individuals in Oregon and around the country working to make a better world possible. Coast Range Radio is a radio show and podcast from the nonprofit conservation organization, the Coast Range Association. Located in Western Oregon, the Coast Range Association works to build just and sustainable communities that provide for people and the natural world. Our work focuses on the connections between Oregon’s forests, communities, and the climate crisis.

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Coast Range Radio holds conversations with the many dedicated individuals in Oregon and around the country working to make a better world possible. Coast Range Radio is a radio show and podcast from the nonprofit conservation organization, the Coast Range Association. Located in Western Oregon, the Coast Range Association works to build just and sustainable communities that provide for people and the natural world. Our work focuses on the connections between Oregon’s forests, communities, and the climate crisis.

    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Two - Cape Falcon & Cascade Head

    Exploring Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part Two - Cape Falcon & Cascade Head

    This is part two of a three part series celebrating the 10th anniversary of Oregon’s Marine Reserve Program!   A Marine Reserve is an area within coastal waters dedicated to scientific research and conservation, where all ocean development and removal of marine life is prohibited.  
    Think of it as a combination of an underwater State Park, a wildlife preserve, and a living laboratory!  
    Here in Oregon, we have five designated Marine reserves.  From North to South, they are located offshore of Cape Falcon, Cascade Head, Otter Rock, Cape Perpetua, and way down South near Port Orford, Redfish Rocks.  
    In part one, we got a great high level overview of Oregon's Marine Reserve System with Oregon Fish and Wildlife's former Marine Reserve Program Leader, Cristin Don.  You can find that episode, along with all of our shows, wherever you are listening to this.
    For parts two and three of our Marine Reserve series, we’ll be talking with our community partners from each Reserve up and down the coast.  We're heading North to South, and today we’ll be hearing from Nadia Gardner from Cape Falcon and North Coast Land Conservancy, and Duncan Berry with the Cascade Head Biosphere Reserve.
    If you have feedback or suggestions for future shows and guests, my email is michael @ coast range dot ORG. 

    Links and Resources:
    Oregon Marine Reserve Partnership: https://omrp.org/
    Cape Falcon: https://nclctrust.org/cape-falcon-marine-reserve/
    Cascade Head: https://www.cascadehead.org/
    https://www.4castproject.org/
    iNaturalist App
    https://www.inaturalist.org/
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    Going Deep on Floating Offshore Wind Energy with Shannon Souza And Joe Liebezeit

    Going Deep on Floating Offshore Wind Energy with Shannon Souza And Joe Liebezeit

    On the show today, we’re diving into the exciting and choppy waters of offshore wind!  
    Floating Off-shore wind energy is relatively a new technology with huge potential.  The federal Bureau of Oregon Energy Management estimates up to 3 gigawatts in near-term commercial potential off of the Southern Oregon coast alone.  That’s enough power for over 200,000 homes.
    I’m excited for today’s topic, because it really encapsulates a lot of the complexity and messiness around what it looks like to actually transition quickly away from fossil fuels. How do we move with the speed necessary to scale into a post-carbon energy society without creating collateral and unforeseen damage?  What is the real economic and energy potential of projects like this, and what level of ecological disturbance is acceptable in the name of rapid decarbonization?
    To explore these questions, I’m joined by two guests - Joe Liebezeit and Shannon Souza.
    Joe Liebezeit has worked for Portland Audubon since 2013 as the staff scientist and leads Audubon's Community Science and Coastal Conservation Programs.  Full disclosure - we work together as part of the Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership.
    Shannon Souza is the Policy Director for Pacific Ocean Energy Trust, co-founder of Oregon Coast Energy Alliance Network, and owns Sol Coast Companies, a renewable energy design, construction, and consulting business based in Coos Bay.

    I'd love to hear from you! Send shows ideas and feedback to michael@coastrange.org, and please rate and review the show!
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    Links and Resources Mentioned in the Show:
    Audubon action alert, with links: https://audubonportland.org/take-action/help-ensure-new-coastal-wind-energy-projects-avoid-wildlife-conflicts/

    Pacific Ocean Energy Trust (POET): https://pacificoceanenergy.org/
    Oregon Coastal Energy Alliance Network (OCEAN): https://www.oregonenergyalliance.org/
    Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition Youtube panel presentation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjNZpbmLm20
    Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Selected studies: https://www.boem.gov/sites/default/files/documents/regions/pacific-ocs-region/environmental-science/Selected-BOEM-Research-Renewable-OR_4.pdf

    Oregon Department of Energy - Oregon Renewable Energy Siting Assessment (ORESA): https://www.oregon.gov/energy/energy-oregon/Pages/ORESA.aspx



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    Joe Seamons on Northwest Folk Music and Allyship

    Joe Seamons on Northwest Folk Music and Allyship

    Joe Seamons is a musician and educator based in the Pacific Northwest and dedicated to helping people connect with their heritage through music and storytelling.

    Born and raised in Northwestern Oregon, Joe has made a living interpreting the songs and stories of the local sawmill, logging, and fishing ballads composed by elder working people and folklorists. Many of these songs are included on the 2016 album, Timberbound, In the same vein, Joe directed and served as executive producer for a Smithsonian Folkways album entitled, "Roll, Columbia: Woody Guthrie's 26 Northwest Songs."

    As director of The Rhapsody Project, he works with youth in Seattle to explore the influence of regional and personal history through the lens of American blues and folk songs. He also serves as board chair of the Maxville Heritage Interpretive Center.

    This was a fun conversation, and gave me a lot to think about.  I hope you enjoy it, and check out Joe's music at the links below!
    Links to Joe's projects:
    https://www.joebanjo.net/
    https://www.therhapsodyproject.org/home
    https://www.maxvilleheritage.org/our-story

    I'd love to hear from you! Send shows ideas and feedback to michael@coastrange.org, and please rate and review the show!
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    Best of CRR: Levi Van Sant, Part 1

    Best of CRR: Levi Van Sant, Part 1

    Hello!  I'm Michael Gaskill, your new host for Coast Range Radio.  I'm hard at work putting together brand new episodes for the show, and we have some great guests lined up.  

    I'm also always looking for feedback, show ideas, and guest suggestions! Email me at michael@coastrange.org.

    In the meantime, I wanted to replay on of my favorite epsiodes from the past couple years of the show.  This is actually part one of a great two-part conversation between Andrew and Levi Van Sant (@LeviVanSant), an Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Fairfax County Virginia whose work focuses on environmental (in)justice, particularly issues surrounding food, agriculture, and land use.   I highly recommend checking out part two of their conversation as well.


    Levi wrote a formative piece in Dissent on Land Reform and the Green New Deal that influenced the Coast Range Association’s recent Climate & Oregon’s Industrial Forests: A Green New Proposal. Andrew and Levi discuss agricultural land transitions, the history of the First National Conference for Land Reform and the unifying opportunities that could come from including rural justice and land ownership solutions in the just transition mandate of the Green New Deal.
    Resource Links:
    https://www.dissentmagazine.org/article/land-reform-and-the-green-new-deal
    https://agriculture.auburn.edu/research/aers/alabama-timberland/
    https://coastrange.org/challenging-wall-street-forestry/ownership/
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    Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part 1 - Cristen Don

    Oregon's Marine Reserves, Part 1 - Cristen Don

    Outgoing Coast Range Radio host and producer, Andrew, introduces Michael Gaskill. Michael will be the new host and producer of Coast Range Radio and is the new communications staff for the Coast Range Association.

    Michael and Andrew interview Cristen Don who oversees the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife's Marine Reserve Program.  Over the past 17 years Cristen's work has spanned a variety of ocean related topics including marine protected areas, ocean renewable energy, and fisheries. Cristen has worked on the planning and implementation of Oregon’s marine reserves since 2007. She has a Bachelor’s degree in marine biology from UC Santa Cruz and a Master’s degree in marine and environmental affairs from the University of Washington.

    They discuss the five beautiful marine reserves in Oregon, the research ODFW does at the reserves, the community groups who support the reserves, and how to get involved. To learn more visit - oregonmarinereserves.com. 


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    Building Just Rural Forest Economies - Chuck Willer

    Building Just Rural Forest Economies - Chuck Willer

    Coast Range Radio interviews Chuck Willer on how to build equitable rural forest economies in Western Oregon. Chuck describes how social benefit and community centered forest solutions can revitalize rural Oregon communities and economies. Chuck’s vision and analysis comes from 30 years of work addressing the underlying causes of social and environmental problems in Western Oregon. To learn more and support this work visit www.coastrange.org.
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