MISSION

Friends of Haystack Rock (FOHR) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

Our mission is to promote the preservation and protection of the intertidal life and birds that inhabit the Marine Garden and Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge at Haystack Rock.  We do this in cooperation with the Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP), other partners, and the community.

FOHR was started in 2004 by a group of concerned citizens committed to educating the public as well as protecting and preserving Haystack Rock and Marine Gardens for future generations. We are grateful for their vision, inspiration, commitment, and continued support to protect this special place.

In response to the dramatic decline in the Tufted Puffin population, FOHR has made Tufted Puffin research, recovery, and conservation a priority.  We accomplish this by educating thousands of residents and visitors, hosting conservation lectures, funding puffin research and seabird monitoring, and sponsoring wildlife viewing events.

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VALUES

Our Values guide all our actions and conservation efforts;

1) Create a culture of open, honest and respectful communications;

2) Engage our community for success;

3) Commit to diversity, equity, and inclusion throughout our work;

4) Develop internal and external partnerships to advance our strategy;

5) Demonstrate integrity through all our actions;

6) Advocate for stewardship through our action.

current prioritY PROJECTS:

EDUCATION & ENGAGEMENT

Provide educational materials to businesses and hotels

Engage in community outreach and education activities

Host wildlife viewing events

Provide financial support to the Haystack Rock Awareness Program

RESEARCH & MONITORING

Support local research on Tufted Puffins and nesting seabirds

Engage with Tufted Puffin monitoring and research activities along the west coast

Support community science volunteers

Communicate science -based information about at-risk species

ADVOCACY

Advocate on behalf of at-risk species (Tufted Puffin and Black Oystercatcher)

Engage locally to support the health and sustainability of Haystack Rock and Marine Garden

Partner with state and local entities to advocate on behalf of the marine environment

Engage on issues concerning the health of the coastal environment

Local Partners

Haystack Rock Awareness Program (HRAP)

If you see a red truck and red jackets on the beach at Haystack Rock it’s HRAP! A program of  the City of Cannon Beach (with support from FOHR), staff, and volunteers educate thousands of visitors and protect wildlife at Haystack Rock daily at low tide from February through November.

HRAP

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS)

Haystack Rock is part of Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge. It is one of 1,853 rocks and islands along Oregon’s coast that is managed and protected by the USFWS.  As a Friends group recognized by USFWS, they are a key partner in helping educate and protect Haystack Rock.

Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge

Oregon State Parks

The mission of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is to provide and protect outstanding natural, scenic, cultural, historic and recreational sites for the enjoyment and education of present and future generations.

Oregon State Parks

Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife

Protecting and enhancing Oregon’s fish and wildlife and their habitats for use and enjoyment by present and future generations.

ODFW

National Audubon Society – Senior Coordinator, Tufted Puffins

In 2022, FOHR provided funding to National Audubon Society’s Seabird Institute to create a Tufted Puffin coordinator position based on the West Coast. This effort is focused on the California Current - Oregon, Washington, and California - and works to support and coordinate stakeholders involved with advocacy, education, research, and conservation to stop the decline of Tufted Puffins and improve long range viability of the species in their southern range.

Tufted Puffins

Bird Alliance of Oregon

Their mission is to inspire all people to love and protect birds, wildlife, and the natural environment upon which it depends.  At Haystack Rock and the rocky shore intertidal habitat, they lead Black Oystercatcher monitoring, a species of high conservation concern.  They are also key partners in Tufted Puffin education and advocacy.

Bird alliance of Oregon

Seaside Aquarium/Marine Mammal Stranding Network

In addition to their role as the Northern Oregon/Southern Washington Marine Mammal Stranding Network lead, Seaside Aquarium supports Friends of Haystack Rock through board membership, volunteer support, fundraising, sponsorship of programs, and administrative and physical space support.

Seaside Aquarium

Other Partners

We partner with other local environmental conservation and educational entities in the northern Oregon coastal area.

MEET OUR Board

FOHR is guided by a volunteer board of directors and advisors consisting of committed community members across Orego Board of Directors typically meet monthly.

Angela

Benton

Chair

Derek

Coulter

Director

Tiffany

Boothe

Secretary

Keith

Chandler

Treasurer

Myung

Kang-Huneke

Director

Lisa

Kerr

Director

Joe

Liebezeit

Director

Mickey

Moritz

Director

Kate

Skaggs

Director

John

Underwood

Director

Chris

Wold

Director

Dawn

Harris

Advisor

Barb

Knop

Advisor

Stacy

Benefield

Advisor