Oregon Invites Public to Help Protect Rocky Coastal Areas

Rocky coastal areas account for 41% of Oregon’s 362-mile coastline. They include headlands, tidepools, rocky beaches, cliffs, and offshore rocks. 

These rocky shores are both culturally and biologically important. Areas such as Coquille Point and Face Rock attract millions of tourists to Oregon’s coast every year. Other sites such as Cape Blanco and Strawberry Hill are important locations for scientific research.    

The Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, which outlines how state agencies classify and manage these sites, is being updated this year.  

One feature of the review process provides a channel for interested members of the public—individuals, organizations, and governments—to propose changes to management designations at rocky habitat sites. This may include the addition of new sites, deletion of old sites, or alterations to existing sites. 

Rocky habitat sites are eligible for one of three management designations: Marine Research Area, Marine Garden/Education Area, and Marine Conservation Area. 

Here’s how to have your say: The initial proposal process opened last week and will run through the end of the year. These submissions will be reviewed by a panel of specialists who will choose which proposals to recommend to the Ocean Policy Advisory Panel for adoption. Proposals can be submitted here 

For more details, visit the project’s homepage 

By JD Brookbank