In Oregon’s Coos Bay, the natural environment is a source of pride and significant economic activity. But as a result of competing interests, the area’s natural resources can also be a source of conflict. This divisiveness often makes it difficult for to objectively assess the long-term effects of economic activity on social, economic, and environmental conditions. In response, the South Slough Reserve worked with the Coos Watershed Association to establish and facilitate the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds—a group of local stakeholders that represents diverse interests. The Partnership develops objective informational tools that serve as a foundation for community and economic development initiatives.
As part of this 2012 Collaborative Research project, the project team documented the community vision for the Partnership for Coastal Watersheds region. This vision describes desired future conditions they hope to see in 20 years in terms of the quality of life, economy, and environment in the region.