About Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses

The mission of Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses is to aid in the restoration and preservation and Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head Lighthouses and surrounding areas, and to interpret their natural and cultural histories.

The group is a Cooperative Association partner with the U.S. Bureau of Land Management, providing support for interpretative programs and educational services about two historic lighthouses:  Yaquina Bay and Yaquina Head.

Built in 1871, the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse is atop a bluff at the mouth of the Yaquina River and is believed to be the oldest structure in Newport, OR.  The Yaquina Head Lighthouse is nearby at the north end of Newport, located at the Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, part of the National Conservation Lands.  The 93-foot brick tower stands on a narrow point of land jutting due west nearly 1 mile into the Pacific Ocean.

Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses raise funds, write grants, and do volunteer projects such as invasive plant removal and beach clean-up. They operate the Interpretive Store located inside the Interpretive Center at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area, using profits from sales to support the BLM.  Notable accomplishments include the creation of a local program, now in its third year, which gives summer employment opportunities to local youth interested in careers focusing on natural resources and/or environmental conservation. The group recently raised funds which served to restore the Historic Lighthouse Keeper’s Garden at Yaquina Head as well as the Lighthouse Oil Room.

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    Happy Anniversary to Oregon’s Table Rock Wilderness!

    Happy Anniversary to one of Oregon’s BLM-managed National Conservation Lands, the 6,082 acre Table Rock Wilderness in the Molalla River drainage about 50 miles south of Portland. The Table Rock Wilderness was designated part of the National Wilderness System on June 26, 1984, a move that has spared this area the fate … read more

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