This presentation is part of the Cape Perpetua Speaker Series, hosted by the Cape Perpetua Collaborative.

Andrea Scharf will talk about the history of the Big Creek campaign to stop development of a destination resort on the property and efforts to restore the Oregon silverspot butterfly population and bring it back from the brink of extinction.

You can view the Oregon Public Broadcast (OPB) show about the Oregon Silverspot Butterfly (OSB) recovery efforts, including the frass-sniffing dog here.

Andrea Scharf has been writing since she was ten. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts, and has published short stories and articles on subjects ranging from the nutritional impact of dead salmon to the financial impact of a colliers’ strike.

Her reading interests include fiction and nonfiction. She writes a bookblog about what she reads at She guides writers working on memoir, fiction, and other forms of prose writing.

She has worked as a teacher, co-founder and manager of the Portland Saturday Market, small business entrepreneur, city planner, marketing director, and association manager, among other positions. Whether hiking in the Cascades or the Coast Range, exploring tide pools or an urban park, she is always attracted to the natural world. Since moving to the Oregon Coast, she has been active in protecting that world as founder and former chair of View the Future, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization.

She lives on the Yachats River, well beyond the fog line.


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