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Land Use and Planning

Oregon's coast, with its rugged headlands and shifting beaches, along with its susceptibility to natural hazards and its endangered habitats, offers many land use planning challenges.

Conservation refers to preservation, protection, or restoration of the natural environment, natural ecosystems, vegetation, and wildlife. Oregon’s Conservation Strategy offers a blueprint for the state's conservation efforts.

Natural hazards refers to atmospheric, hydrologic, geologic, and wildfire phenomena that have the potential to affect humans, their structures, or their activities adversely.

The Oregon land use planning program is widely recognized for its pioneering efforts to preserve the principle of local responsibility for land use decisions while defining a broader public interest at the state level.

Private lands is a legal designation of the ownership of property by non-governmental entities.

Public land includes government-owned land such national parks and forest, wildlife refuges, grazing lands and virtually any land or site to which the public may have access.

Wetlands are uniquely productive and valuable ecosystems with permanent or seasonal standing water. Salt marshes, pitcher-plant bogs, mountain fens, and desert saltgrass flats are just a few of the wetland types in Oregon.

Wildfire is a key ecological process that shapes and maintains our forests and rangelands. Wildfire risk is the potential for a wildfire to adversely affect the human and natural environment.