Marhc 28, 2013
Havel, Director’s Office, Oregon
Parks and Recreation
// Cell: 503-931-2590
Part of a special free-standing arch called a
torii washed up in Oceanside
on March 22 (see http://tinyurl.com/dy3xvta). Since then, other pieces of wood
have washed ashore that have prompted more than a dozen reports to Oregon Parks
and Recreation Department coast staff. These pieces of normal woody debris do
not have to be reported [Photo].
The wood -- small beams and other structural
timbers -- could be debris from buildings in Japan
destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami, but they do not appear to be related to the
torii found near Oceanside.
Unlike the piece of the torii, which was painted and very carefully made, the
rest of the woody debris is unpainted and was probably used in common, secular
construction. There is no update regarding the origin of the torii; it is still
being stored at a state park.
Since these other pieces of wood are untreated,
and don’t contain nails or other metal fittings, they can normally be left on
the shore to either decompose or join the natural driftwood piles. While many
are coated with algae native to the mid-Pacific, those species do not represent
a threat to Oregon’s
Feel free to inspect and photograph these beach
finds, but there’s no need to report unpainted woody debris.
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