Updating the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy, June 6, 2022

June 2022 UPDATE: The Land Conservation and Development Commission adopted the recommended amendments to Part Three of the Territorial Sea Plan on March 31, 2022!  The Commission adopted the recommendations which were forwarded to them from the Ocean Policy Advisory Council and adopted during the November 4, 2021 meeting.  View the Amended Part Three Document or the process materials on the OPAC meeting documents page and LCDC meetings page
The Commission, in their motion, also supported the Ocean Policy Advisory Council 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). 
Rocky Shores Habitat Management Designation Further Evaluation Workshops have been held. View the workshop pages to watch a recording of the event, and to access additional materials. 

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 is tentatively planned to re-open for submissions October 1, 2022. 
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:
Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool user guide with proposal walk-thru.
Public webinar recording with video demonstration of the tool.
Rocky Habitat Site Designation Proposal TEMPLATE form (To be updated following approval of the draft amendments to Section E and Appendix C.)
For additional updates, please check the events calendar below or look on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
Users may also find additional helpful information at OregonShorezone.info and the Rocky Shores Story Map.
*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.

Rocky Habitat Amendment Navigation
 Current Status of Update - Phase 3 now underway!

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What is the Territorial Sea Plan?

The State of Oregon holds the waters, shoreline, and living resources of its shoreline in trust for the public. The state has therefore established in law a program of planning and management that includes ocean resource goals and policies. The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) was first adopted in 1994 and provides detailed guidance to state and federal agencies to manage uses within the state’s territorial sea, from shore to three nautical miles offshore. State ocean resources are governed by a tapestry of authorities at multiple government scales, and the TSP acts as a coordinating framework from which individual agencies institute regulations and management activities. 

The Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) was given the responsibility of stewarding the TSP, in conjunction with the Oregon Land Conservation and Development, when necessary to deal with new concerns as they occur.  

Read more: What is the Territorial Sea Plan?

Plan History

In 1991 the Oregon Legislature amended ORS chapter 196 to establish the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) made up of a variety of ocean stakeholders, local governments, and state agencies, and charged it with providing the governor and state agencies with policy advice on ocean matters. The legislation gave the Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD), which includes the state’s federally-approved coastal management program, primary responsibility for ocean planning and providing assistance to OPAC. One of OPAC’s basic duties was to prepare a Territorial Sea Plan (TSP) for managing the resources and activities in the state's territorial sea. Click here to view the folder Oregon Territorial Sea Plan .

Click the "read more" button below to learn more about the history of the Territorial Sea Plan.

Read more: Plan History

Territorial Sea Plan Part Five: Marine Renewable Energy Development

Part Five of Oregon's Territorial Sea Plan describes the process for making decisions concerning the development of renewable energy facilities (e.g. wind, wave, current, thermal, etc.) in the state territorial sea, and specifies the areas where that development may be sited.  The requirements of Part Five are intended to protect areas important to renewable marine resources (i.e. living marine organisms), ecosystem integrity, marine habitat and areas important to fisheries from the potential adverse effects of renewable energy development (facility siting, development, operation, and decommissioning).  Part Five provides a system to identify the appropriate locations for that development which minimize the potential adverse impacts to existing ocean resource users and coastal communities.

Read more: Territorial Sea Plan Part Five: Marine Renewable Energy Development

TSP Rocky Habitat Proposal Further Evaluation Workshops

TSP Rocky Habitat Proposal Further Evaluation Workshops