Oregon is currently engaged in a variety of ocean planning and management activities that will affect the future of our ocean ecosystem and economy. This website will help you learn about these activities and about opportunities to be involved. Be sure to check the calendar of Upcoming Ocean Events, the Latest Additions of publications and announcements, and the list of Most Popular articles and information about Oregon’s ocean.
June, 2021 UPDATE: In their May meeting the Ocean Policy Advisory Council approved recommendations of two new rocky habitat site management designations. These include a Marine Garden at Coquille Point, and a Marine Research Area at Cape Blanco (click links to access proposal materials). DLCD will be hosting a workshop later this summer to revise the proposal submission and evaluation processes. Check back for more updates.
Managing Oregon's rocky coastline is a shared responsibility. In fall 2018, the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) gathered decision makers across the state to begin an amendment to the Rocky Shores Management chapter (Part Three) of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP). The plan acts as a coordinated vision for marine resources in Oregon and guides the actions of state and federal agencies that are responsible for managing coastal and ocean resources in the public trust. The amended rocky habitat plan will incorporate the best available science and consider the needs, concerns, and values of Oregonians balanced with the state’s goals for a resilient coastal ecosystem that can provide enduring opportunities for its users.
The rocky habitat site management proposal process will re-open for submissions October 1, 2021.
To create and submit your proposal, access the Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool here:
The new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool contains a wealth of coastal resource information, and provides an opportunity for interested members of the public to generate and submit proposals for coordinated management changes to Oregon's marine rocky habitats. Site designation proposals collected by this tool will be reviewed for potential incorporation into the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy.
Additional materials and helpful links:
For additional updates, please check the events calendar below or look on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
*PLEASE NOTE: Due to restrictions and conditions associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, staff capacity may be temporarily reduced. Please be aware that this may cause delays in responses and updates.
Read more: Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy