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Adopted Rules for Marine Reserves
What's going on with marine reserves?
On January 28, 2010, the Oregon State Parks and Recreation Commission adopted rules describing use of the ocean shore inside the marine reserve boundary designated by the Oregon Department of State Lands. The rules -- which only apply inside the marine reserve on the northern tip of Otter Rock -- come with strong protections for natural resources, but allow people to collect non-living souvenirs so long as they don't harm the living resources within the reserve. The ocean shore is a popular destination for residents and visitors, and represents a tremendous opportunity to educate people about the pilot marine reserve project.
The adopted rule language can be found online at:
 
http://www.oregon.gov/OPRD/documents/201001_Item6B.pdf
 
You can also read a summary of the affected area, and how each agency is involved.
 
The rules will take effect in June, 2011. To stay involved in the marine reserves issue between now and then, visit the Marine Reserves website and join the email list.

How is the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department involved?
The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is responsible for managing public recreation and natural resources on the ocean shore from low tide landward, normally up to the vegetation line. The ocean shore recreation area is affected by one of the two proposed marine reserves pilot projects: the northeast corner of the proposed Otter Rock reserve. With few exceptions for things like research and harmless souvenir collection, removing or damaging natural materials — rocks, plants, animals or any other natural object — would not be allowed in the rocky, northern section of Otter Rock between extreme low and mean high tide.
 
This one area affected by a proposed marine reserve would remain open to the public and pets.
 
Most of Otter Rock is a long sandy beach south of the parking area. This sandy beach is not in the marine reserve (the reserve border starts at extreme low tide), and the new marine reserve rules don't apply there.