Local input sought on coastal issues

“Help Guide the Fate of the Oregon Coast,” an interactive engagement workshop, will take place on Friday, Nov. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Coast Community College North Campus in Lincoln City.

Do you care about the future of the Oregon coast? Do you care about wetlands, coastal hazards, marine debris, aquaculture, public access, energy citing and other issues? Your voice is needed to guide the fate of Oregon’s coastal ecology and communities.

The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) is using an interactive engagement workshop format to encourage input from the public. We want to hear from you. OCMP, a division of Oregon’s Department of Land Conservation and Development, is undergoing strategic planning that will guide the program’s work over the next five years.

As part of this enhancement process, OCMP is charged with addressing the following nine categories in addition to other issues that arise through the public engagement: wetlands, coastal hazards, public access, marine debris, cumulative and secondary impacts, special area management planning, ocean and great lakes resources, energy and government facility siting, and aquaculture.

In order to capture the full breadth of current and emerging issues facing the Oregon Coast, OCMP is soliciting feedback through a variety of engagement activities, including two interactive engagement workshops to discuss coastal issues impacting Oregon. This process will directly inform the OCMP’s strategies for program enhancement and its next Strategic Plan.

Coffee, lunch with RSVP and snacks will be provided. RSVP at http://bit.ly/Oregon_Coast

The presentation on OCMP’s process will be given by Heather Wade, coastal policy specialist with Department of Land Conservation and Development. The Lincoln City workshop is hosted by Audubon Society of Lincoln City.


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