Comment period open for Rocky Habitat Management Strategy


Approximately 41 percent of Oregon’s 362-mile coastline is made up of rocky habitat. Most visitors recognize the dramatic headlands, tide pools, rocky beaches, cliffs and offshore rocks while they are traveling along Highway 101.

These sites are managed by multiple state and federal agencies using a coordinated framework, known as the Territorial Sea Plan. Part three of this plan, the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, aims to help sustain and support the use and health of rocky habitat resources. This strategy is currently undergoing an update to assure its goals are being met and the public’s input is needed.

The update process is currently nearing a critical point, where individuals and organizations will have an opportunity to submit proposals for additions, removals, and changes to rock habitat management designations. Before opening up this proposal process, the state of Oregon invites everyone to view and submit comments on the draft strategy and mapping tool that will guide the proposal process.

The State of Oregon invites all individuals, organizations, and governments to participate in this process so that as many voices as possible are heard. Multiple opportunities are available to submit comments and suggestions to this update. The public comment period is open through March 1. Written comments can be submitted via email to [email protected]

Review the draft strategy online at http://bit.ly/37IHF25, and review the Rocky Habitat Mapping Tool at http://oregon.seasketch.org.

All public comments must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on March 1.

Visit https://OregonOcean.info for more information and updates, including a schedule of upcoming public presentations.

The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) is a small federally recognized program housed within the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).

The OCMP has been charged by the Legislature with managing coastal areas and the resources for the existing and future benefits that they hold.

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