More interesting is the comment form at the bottom of the page where you can submit your own comments to this non-nudist site.
Do 'textiles' really need help filling out comment forms?
ORCOBA teams up with Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife
SOLV-IT Earth Day Clean-Up – Sauvie Island
“Earth Day” - Saturday, April 28, 2007
9:00am – 1:00pm
On Saturday, April 28th, thousands of volunteers will converge on approximately 100 project sites in the greater Portland metropolitan area and work together to SOLV IT.
SOLV IT, presented by Portland General Electric, focuses on cleaning illegal dumpsites, beautifying and enhancing neighborhoods and public spaces, restoring watersheds, and much more. In the past seventeen years, SOLV IT volunteers have removed more than 6,400 tons of debris from illegal dumpsites, neighborhoods and natural areas.
ORCOBA is again joining forces with the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife for this year’s Earth Day clean-up on Sauvie Island. Last year, our members showed up in impressive numbers and helped to make a record turn-out for ODFW’s annual island clean-up project as part of the SOLV-IT program. ODFW has asked us to participate again this year, and they are excited to have our group’s help again.
During last year’s clean-up, ORCOBA members removed a significant amount of trash, storm debris, and environmental hazards from Collins Beach as well as neighboring Walton Beach and Willow Bar. Of particular significance was the eradication of large amounts of Styrofoam, ranging from piano-sized blocks to small clusters of beads, from the beach and wooded areas. Styrofoam has been identified as a serious threat to wildlife, which mistakes it for food and attempts to ingest it, and has been attributed to the alarming mortality rate of the island’s bird population.
This is a preliminary announcement; further details will be posted soon. But for now, plan on coming out and spending a fun morning making Collins Beach and Sauvie Island a better place than we found it. This is also an excellent opportunity to show the “textile” world just how cool naturists are! The fact that government and non-profit agencies are so eager to work with us is a great testimonial to the fact that naturists are gaining recognition, acceptance and appreciation among the clothed world!
See you at Sauvie on April 28th!
Oregon Clothing-Optional Beach Alliance (ORCOBA)
For my European friends (and some of my more obscure relatives), here is a well done site with lots of information, including an interactive map of nude venues that visitors can add to, as they desire.
A nicely done Nudism Portal. Thanks for the nice email and the link to my blog.
Click to visit the interactive map
While we're on the subject of conditions hot springs, I recently gave an update of Scenic Hot Springs in my Scenic Hot Springs blog. As the images show, there is still a lot of snow up at Scenic and with this latest winter storm whipping the area, 2-3 feet of additional snow is forecast for the western slopes of the Cascades (including Scenic at 3,500 ft).
While we made it up there without too much trouble (and with the permission of the property owner), this additional snow is going to make the trek up even harder and treacherous.
From Beth at Goldmyer Hot Springs
As of February 20, 2007: We're back into the snow zone at Goldmyer this week. The forecast is for the snowline to be below Goldmyer all week. Have a high clearance vehicle with 4-wheel or all-wheel drive. Be prepared with snow tire chains, a shovel (in case you get yourself stuck in the snow), and snowshoes for in case you need them. As of today (Tuesday), high clearance could drive to the river ford, but that could change depending on snowfall. Now that the temperature is dropping, the river's depth is also dropping.
From Don, ORCOBA and Portland area NACAR
I received word this past week that as part of an overall budget-reduction effort, the Office of the Oregon State Police is considering the elimination of the seasonal officer position assigned to Sauvie Island. This assignment, currently staffed by Trooper Randy Horner, has been vital to the security and safety on the island during the summer months, since as we all know, law enforcement out there is spread mighty thin out there as it is. And with Collins Beach being at the very end of the road onto the island, having such sparse police coverage become even more limited has a larger potential impact at our beach more than at other places. While most of us recognize Columbia County Sheriff’s Deputy Larry Weaver as a familiar, friendly face out there, he (and all of us as well) relies on the assistance he gets from the State Police in the form of patrol officers to maintain security and handle reports and requests for police assistance. I spoke with Larry a couple of days ago and he confirmed the proposed staffing cut.
Law enforcement authorities on the island have come to recognize ORCOBA’s yellow-flaggers and other members as a resource on the beach, and they consider us as a link in the chain when it comes to addressing issues and problems. They value our existence and support our goals and objectives, and I feel we should return the consideration whenever possible, and this is a prime opportunity. Ultimately, any public safety agency has to answer to one higher authority – the citizens. The key is making that voice loud enough to be heard, and taken notice of. We, as that higher authority, have that opportunity to be the squeaky wheel right now. To everyone who enjoys Collins Beach as one of our finest nude public-lands recreation resources, my suggestion would be to take a few moments to write a letter as a citizen, taxpayer, voter, and/or frequent visitor to Sauvie Island, and express your concerns over the proposed staffing cut. Points to emphasize in your letter could include:
Letters should be addressed to:
ATTN: Supt. Tom McLain
4th Floor, 255 Capital St NE
Salem, Oregon 97310