OAR 736-023-0020


“Department” means the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.


“Commission” means the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission.


“Statutory vegetation line” means that line described according to the Oregon Coordinate System and set forth in ORS 390.770 (Vegetation line described) for the purpose of identifying lands subject to the department’s authority to regulate improvements on the ocean shore. The line consists of a series of connected line segments.


“Actual vegetation line” means the extreme seaward boundary of natural, non-aquatic vegetation. It is a visible boundary, marking the border between the dry sand beach and the adjoining upland. Seasonal occurrences or isolated patches of vegetation may lie seaward of the actual vegetation line.


“Upland” means that area abutting and lying immediately landward of the statutory vegetation line.


“Ocean shore” means the land lying between extreme low tide of the Pacific Ocean and the statutory vegetation line as established and described by ORS 390.770 (Vegetation line described) or the line of established upland shore vegetation, whichever is farther inland. “Ocean shore” does not include an estuary as defined in ORS 196.800 (Definitions for ORS 196.600 to 196.921).


“Natural” means wild, uncultivated vegetation whether native or non-native.


“Littoral Cell” is defined as a shoreline segment or reach that is bounded in a longshore direction by a physical feature such as a jetty or headland. There are 22 littoral cells on the Oregon coast defined as follows:


Columbia River south jetty to Tillamook Head;


Tillamook Head to Cape Falcon;


Cape Falcon to Cape Meares;


Cape Meares to Cape Lookout;


Cape Lookout to Cape Kiwanda;


Cape Kiwanda to Cascade Head;


Cascade Head to Cape Foulweather;


Cape Foulweather to Yaquina Head;


Yaquina Head to Cape Perpetua;


Cape Perpetua to Heceta Head;


Heceta Head to Cape Arago;


Cape Arago to Coquille Point;


Coquille Point to Blacklock Point;


Blacklock Point to Cape Blanco;


Cape Blanco to Port Orford Heads;


Port Orford Heads to Humbug Mountain;


Humbug Mountain to Sisters Rocks;


Sisters Rocks to Hubbard Mound/Otter Point;


Otter Point to Cape Sebastian;


Cape Sebastian to Crook Point;


Crook Point to Cape Ferrelo;
Cape Ferrelo to California border.


“Survey(s)” means evidence from aerial and other photographs; engineered examinations, data and other analysis(s).
Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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