Rocky shores on the North Coast get new state protections

Six sites on the Oregon coast were approved for special protection designations. Find out more here.

CANNON BEACH — State protections have been secured for two rocky shore areas on the North Coast.

Ecola Point and Chapman Point were two of six sites approved for special protection designations by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development Commission on Thursday.

The sites, initially proposed by the North Coast Rocky Habitat Coalition, were reviewed and considered over the past few years as part of an update to the state’s management strategy for rocky shores under the Oregon Territorial Sea Plan.

Similarly to the measures taken at Haystack Rock, the designations would bolster protections and public education about the ecology at the sites.

Andy Lanier, the marine affairs coordinator with the state Department of Land Conservation and Development, said the changes are designed to promote stewardship of the sites, which are experiencing climate change. He said the designation can also help access additional funding for stewardship.

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