Rocky Habitat Management News


Territorial Sea Plan Part Three – Rocky Habitat Management Strategy Adopted

SALEM – On March 31, 2022, the Land Conservation and Development Commission unanimously adopted Part Three of the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan (TSP), the Rocky Habitat Management Strategy.  The decision completed a multiple-year effort led by the Ocean Policy Advisory Council (OPAC) to revise the Strategy. The revision of Part Three of the TSP included extensive input from agencies, organizations, governments, and those with general interest in Oregon’s rocky coast.  This is the first significant update to the Strategy since it was originally adopted in 1994 and completes a comprehensive rewrite of the whole chapter. 

The amended Strategy is now consistent with the existing policies of the Oregon Nearshore Strategy, the Climate Change Adaptation Framework, and recommendations from the Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Coordinating Council. Notable revisions include the designation of two new management areas at Coquille Point (Marine Education Area/Garden) and Cape Blanco (Marine Research Area). Part Three also includes a new process that provides the public with the opportunity to submit proposals for additions, removals, and changes to rocky habitat site management designations on Oregon’s (See Section E for details).    

In recognition of this achievement, the Department of Land Conservation and Development and Oregon’s Coastal Management Program would like to thank all those who participated in the revision process, including: the members of OPAC and its Rocky Habitat Working Group, agency staff, local governments, tribal governments, conservation organizations, members of the public who took part in the proposal process, and anyone else who contributed their ideas, perspectives, and time to the effort. The consensus recommendations that advanced this amendment reflect the hard work that was accomplished and the values that Oregon will use in future management of our Rocky Shores.   

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What is the Oregon Coastal Management Program?

The Oregon Coastal Management Program (OCMP) is a federal-state partnership program authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).  OCMP is housed within the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD).  We work in partnership with coastal local and tribal governments, state and federal agencies, and other stakeholders to ensure that Oregon’s coastal and ocean resources are managed, conserved, and developed consistent with Oregon’s Statewide Land Use Planning Goals.

The OCMP has been charged by the Legislature with managing ocean resources for the existing and future benefits that they hold. This is codified under Oregon’s Land Use Planning Goal 19: The Ocean Resources Goal – which states all agency actions within Oregon must “conserve marine resources and ecological function for the purpose of providing long-term ecological, economic, and social value and benefits to future generations.”

The Department of Land Conservation and Development (DLCD) administers the program. A seven-member volunteer citizen board known as the Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) guides DLCD.  

Under the program, all cities and counties have adopted comprehensive plans that meet mandatory state standards. The standards are 19 Statewide Land Use Planning Goals that deal with land use, development, housing, transportation, and conservation of natural resources. Periodic review of plans and technical assistance in the form of grants to local jurisdictions are key elements of the program. Find more information at

CONTACT: Sadie Carney (503) 934-0036,

                   Andy Lanier (503) 206-2291,

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