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 Oregon coastal resources 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.
 

Update: Public Comment Period NOW OPEN
 
An updated draft of Oregon's Rocky Habitat Management Strategy is now available (DLCD Press Release).
 
ALL MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC, including individuals, organizations, and governments, are invited to view the draft and submit comments for a 30-day period from February 1 - March 1, 2020. 
 
The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) will be conducting several public information meetings and online webinars to provide context to the changes and guide people through the use of our new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool (see below).
 
Please click here for details on public meeting events and webinars during the 30-day public comment period, or view the events calendar.
 
Missed a public meeting or webinar? View a webinar recording here!
 
  
 
The new Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool contains a wealth of coastal resource information, and will allow interested members of the public to generate and submit proposals for coordinated management changes to Oregon's marine rocky habitats. Access the tool here:
 
 
A handy user guide for the tool is available here.
 
All written comments can be submitted via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
  
For additional event updates, please check the list of events below or on the Territorial Sea Plan page.
 

 
 
Rocky Habitat Amendment Navigation
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How will the Rocky Habitat Strategy amendment be performed?

MONTH

KEY DATES & PUBLIC MEETINGS

October 2019

(10/18) Working Group Meeting

(10/21) Project briefing to the Ocean Policy Advisory Council

November

(11/5) Working Group Meeting

(11/21-22) Project briefing to the Land Conservation & Development Commission

December

(12/31) Rocky Habitat Web Mapping Tool Published

January 2020

Information on upcoming public comment period published to www.OregonOcean.info

February

(2/1-3/1) Public Comment Period on Rocky Habitat Proposal Process and Web Mapping Tool

March

(TBD) Ocean Policy Advisory Council reviews the Rocky Habitat Proposal Process and Web Mapping Tool with incorporated public comments

April

Begin Initial Public Proposal Process [If recommended by OPAC in March]

Proposals will be accepted during this limited duration period for approximately 3-4 months.

The Territorial Sea Plan Working Group will conduct a series of public meetings and workshops to inform and educate the public about the plan amendment process, review site maps and inventory information, and analyze the various alternatives and options for specific areas, after which it will present its findings and recommendations to OPAC for consideration. OPAC will then finalize a draft plan amendment and submit it to the Oregon Land Conservation and Development Commission(LCDC) for public review and formal adoption. The process is expected to span from fall 2017 to early 2020.

The Strategy amendment is a public process that will occur in three phases, shown below.


The following process timeline is flexible and may be adapted throughout the process.

 

 

 

 

 

Why update the Territorial Sea Plan for Oregon’s Rocky Habitats?

The Oregon Territorial Sea Plan was first instituted in 1994 and provides detailed guidance to state and federal agencies to manage uses within the coastal zone and the state’s territorial sea from 0-3 nautical miles offshore. The ocean is governed by a tapestry of authorities at multiple government scales, and the Territorial Sea Plan acts as a coordinating framework for the Oregon coastal zone from which individual agencies institute regulations and management activities.

 

 

Who is involved in the Rocky Habitat Strategy amendment?

Consistent with Statewide Planning Goal 1, citizens are invited to participate during all phases of the amendment process. The diagram below shows how parties will be involved.


At the outset of this process, the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) will use its Territorial Sea Plan Working Group, composed of OPAC members, agency representatives, and others with relevant expertise in rocky habitat management, science, or education, to evaluate the latest knowledge about the rocky shores system and generate recommendations for the plan amendment. The Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) is leading and coordinating this effort. The input and assistance from the general public, resource users, coastal communities, and other interested parties is integral to the process.

 

The general activities of the Working Group will include the following:

  1. Solicit public input via a survey focused on rocky habitat users’ needs, concerns, and observations related to rocky habitat areas along the Oregon Coast.
  2. Establish an inventory of existing resources and uses based on the best available scientific information. Inventory information can include geological and biological characteristics, human usage statistics and concerns, and special protection needs. This information will be presented visually via spatial maps and conceptual models to determine linkages and interdependencies.
  3. Identify uncertainties, data gaps, and information gathering opportunities.
  4. Develop objectives for ecosystem-based management and public awareness building for rocky habitats.
  5. Generate planning and management alternatives to meet the identified objectives.
  6. Develop performance measures for alternatives, relative to management objectives.
  7. Develop risk management strategies and mitigation/response measures that can be applied as conditions change.

 


Get Involved!

There will be many opportunities for you to participate in this planning process and a variety of ways to submit your ideas, concerns, and responses about how the plan is being developed. All comments are welcome. You may be concerned with state policies used to guide the planning process. You may want to provide information or know more about a particular area or location. Or you may want to provide input on the various types of data and maps used in developing the plan. All of these comments will be useful in assisting OPAC and its Territorial Sea Plan Working Group, and the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) and its Territorial Sea Plan Advisory Committee, in their deliberations about planning options.