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  • Share the beach with this amazing bird!

    Learn more about the western snowy plover, a threatened species on our Oregon Coast, on our Nature Notes webpage dedicated to this ghost of the coastal dunes. To learn more about the seasonal recreation restrictions that protect this bird, including dog friendly beaches, visit here.

    Please help us ensure this tiny white shorebird remains present on our coast by recreating on the wet sand in areas where it breeds.

  • Nature-History-Discovery

    Delivered by our Stewardship Division
    The Stewardship staff of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is responsibe for land stewardship, marine conservation / rocky shores, several permit programs, department-wide resource policies, cultural resources, and park plants and animals. We strive to provide a safe environment while maintaining the natural beauty and historic importance of our parks.
  • Oregon Tidepools - where the land meets the sea

    Curious about what lives in the surf and stones at the beach? Visit our Oregon Tidepools Blog for news, updates, and helpful tips on tidepooling! There are maps, species guides, and even videos of our Rocky Shores. 

Stewardship Projects and Updates Oregon's Amazing Natural Resources
Want to know what the Stewardship Division is up to? Check out our Nature Notes blog to discover the latest news, species sightings, and projects to enhance and restore the amazing natural resources in our State Parks!


Natural Resource Management Plan for Elmer Feldenheimer State Natural Area and Ecola State Park
Ecola State Park and Feldenheimer State Natural Area comprise 2820 acres of mostly forested lands on Tillamook Head in Clatsop County, Oregon. Ecola was initially established as a State Park in 1932, with Feldenheimer first acquired in 1977 with the generous help of Marie Louise Feldenheimer, a philanthropist focused on conserving forest habitats. OPRD staff have been working on a natural resource management plan with the intent of honoring Ms. Feldenheimer’s goal to “restore the property to a historic old growth natural habitat as the property existed at the time Lewis and Clark first discovered the site in 1806”. Transitioning from industrial forest into conservation ownership has left the forests of Feldenheimer in a compromised condition. The plan assesses current forest health and other ecological conditions, establishes desired future conditions, and outlines restoration actions needed to move the habitats on a trajectory toward ecologically healthy and mature forest.
Click here to read our draft plan. 


Explore the Rocky Shores 

The Wild and Wonderful 
Protecting our Natural Resources
Strange and exotic plants and animals are showing up where they don't belong. What can we do to stop them?