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Natural Resource Protection
Goal 5
Looking to the northwest from Hart Mountain, toward Warner Lakes in Lake County
Natural Resources, Scenic and Historic Areas and Open Spaces
Oregon’s Statewide Planning Program includes goals designed to help ensure protection of the state’s abundant natural resources. Goal 5 is:
"To protect natural resources and conserve scenic and historic areas and open spaces."
Natural resources protected under Goal 5 include wetlands, riparian areas, minerals and aggregate, wildlife habitat, and others.
Cities and counties are required to consider protection of these resources in making land-use decisions. For a more complete explanation of Goal 5 and its implementing rule, click here. Additional information is also available regarding the application of Goal 5 to aggregate resources. An in-depth guide entitled ´Planning for Aggregate´ is available here.

Goal 6
North Fork of the Santiam River, Marion County
Air, Water and Land Resources Quality
Goal 6 addresses a different aspect of natural resource protection. This Goal states:
"To maintain and improve the quality of the air, water and land resources of the state."
Goal 6 is implemented through local comprehensive plans. Cities and counties must consider the effects of land-use decisions on the environment.
LCDC has not adopted rules to implement Goal 6, but guidelines for planning and implementation are included within the text of the Goal.