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Greetings!
 
Thank you for participating in The Oregon Coastal Management Program Public Access Survey! Did you know that all Oregon beaches are public? To ensure that Oregon’s coastal access is managed, conserved, and developed in a way that best serves the public, we need your input! We are asking for your help in shaping the future of Oregon’s coastal public access. Gaining insight into what you think about the existing public access options to Oregon coastal shorelines/beaches will help us develop policies for the future. Whether you live at the coast or enjoy visiting, your participation will help enable more equitable, sustainable, and coordinated public access to Oregon’s coastal shorelines and all they have to offer.
 
Confidentiality statement: Only respondents 18 years of age or older are eligible to participate in this survey. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary. You are welcome to answer or skip questions based on your comfort. You can also exit the survey at any time.
 
Again, thank you for your time and willingness to participate in this survey. Your responses are important to us and will help ensure that the Oregon Coast is equitably and sustainably managed for future generations.
 
Survey time: Estimated time to take the survey is 10-12 minutes. 

Definitions:
 
ADA:  Americans with Disabilities Act (standards for accessibility)
 
Oregon Coast(al) Shoreline: Includes lakes, estuaries, rivers and ocean (beach) shores within Oregon’s coastal zone.
 
Oregon’s Coastal Zone: The Oregon coastal zone includes the state's coastal watersheds and extends seaward three nautical miles and inland to the crest of the coast range, with a few exceptions:
●       Along the Umpqua River, where it extends upstream to Scottsburg;
●       Along the Rogue River, where it extends upstream to Agness; and
●       In the Columbia River Basin, where it extends upstream to the downstream end of Puget Island

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* 1. Why do you visit Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline?

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* 2. How often do you visit Oregon's Coastal Shoreline?

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* 3. What coastal area do you visit most frequently?

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* 4. What do you value most about Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline?

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* 5. How do you typically get to Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline? (Select all that apply)

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* 6. Do you feel welcomed when accessing the Oregon Coastal Shoreline?

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* 7. If you answered that the Oregon Coast shoreline/beaches are somewhat welcoming, slightly welcoming, not very welcoming, or not at all welcoming as a place to visit and recreate, what changes would you like to see at access/entry points to the Oregon Shoreline/beach to make these spaces feel more welcoming?

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* 8. Do you feel safe from judgment, discrimination, emotional and/or physical harm when visiting access/entry points to the Oregon Coastal Shoreline?

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* 9. If you answered that the Oregon Coast shoreline/beaches feel somewhat safe, slightly safe, not very safe, or not safe at all to visit and recreate, what changes would you like to see at access/entry points to the Oregon Coastal Shorelines to make these spaces feel safer?

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* 10. Please rank in order of importance to you. What facilities do you value the most when accessing the Oregon Coast Shoreline?

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* 11. Do you think there are enough public facilities (parking, bathrooms, interpretive information, etc.) at access points along the Oregon’s coast shorelines?

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* 12. There is adequate parking near access points.

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* 13. Do you experience any of the following barriers when accessing or viewing the Oregon Coastal Shoreline? (Select all that apply)

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* 14. If you answered that you experienced any barriers when accessing or viewing the Oregon Coastal Shoreline, please help us understand what would help remove or lower the barriers you are experiencing?

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* 15. Do you feel there are enough ADA accessible sites or facilities?

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* 16. What accommodations would you want to see added to coastal access sites to improve accessibility for those living with a disability?

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* 17. Would you say that you are concerned about tsunami/earthquake dangers when deciding where to access the coast?

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* 18. Do you want more information available about tsunami/earthquake warning signals when deciding where to access the coast?

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* 19. What do you consider to be the greatest threat to accessing Oregon’s Coastal Shorelines?

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* 20. When you go to the coast do you have options when choosing access sites to Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline?

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* 21. If you answered that you have some, limited, or not enough access options, why do you feel that way?

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* 22. Would you like to see _______ access locations provided along the Oregon Coastal Shoreline?

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* 23. Do you have any specific locations/sites you would like to see less access to?

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* 24. Do you have any specific locations/sites you would like to see more access to?

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Oregon is one of just a few states with explicit statutory protections guaranteeing free and uninterrupted public use of all ocean beaches. In 1967, the Oregon Beach Bill established a permanent public easement for access and recreation along the ocean shore, seaward of the vegetation line. Today, as a result of the Beach Bill and the 1973 Land Use Planning Act, statewide planning goals have been developed to ensure that land use, commercial and residential development, transportation, the conservation of Oregon’s natural resources, and, yes, public access to our beaches are protected for future generations to enjoy (A Citizen’s Guide To Oregon’s Coastal Management Program).

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* 25. What changes would you like to see in public access decision making for the Oregon coast shorelines? (Select all that apply)

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* 26. Do you feel like you have a _________ voice in public access decision making for the Oregon coast shorelines?

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* 27. If you answered that you feel like you have a small or no voice to the previous question, why do you feel that way?

The Oregon Coast is a beautiful and wondrous place for humans to explore, but it is also habitat and home to countless other species crawling, swimming, flying and growing there. Due to increases in public use and tourism, additional pressures are being placed on these critical habitats, protected species and important cultural resources. To protect and celebrate this special place and its natural diversity and cultural resources, visitors and locals need to be well informed so we can all be invested caretakers of Oregon’s Coastal Shorelines. 

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* 28. How concerned are you about the future of Oregon's Coastal Shoreline?

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* 29. What top 3 things most concern you about Oregon's Coastal Shoreline?

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* 30. Environmentally, do you think there is _______ being done to protect and conserve Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline ecosystems? 

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* 31. What do you believe is most important?

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* 32. Where do you get your information about Oregon’s Coastal Shoreline environment? (Select all that apply)

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* 33. How do you think public information can be improved so all visitors and locals can be invested as caretakers of Oregon’s coast shorelines?

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* 34. Do you think more public information and signage about Oregon Coastal Shorelines’ natural environment, protected species and cultural resources is needed at access points?

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This section of the survey will ask questions to help us identify who the survey is reaching and what voices are represented. However, as a reminder, all questions are voluntary and you are welcome to answer or skip questions based on your comfort.

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* 35. What is your age?

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* 36. Please describe and/or check as many as apply below: how do you identify from a racial and ethnic perspective?

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* 37. What Region of Oregon do you live in?

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* 38. As of the 2020 census, 14% of Oregonians identify as living with a disability. Do you identify this way?

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These responses will be used for research purposes—such as published articles and conference presentations to the Oregon Coastal Management Program—as well as to assist policy makers.

 

If you have any questions about the survey, please contact us by email at bsteel@oregonstate.edu. If you have questions about your rights as a participant in this research project, please contact the Oregon State University Institutional Review Board (IRB) office at (541) 737-8008 or by email at IRB@oregonstate.edu.

 

Thank you for your help. We appreciate your time and cooperation.

 

To find out more about Oregon’s Coastal Management Program please visit:

 

 https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/ocmp/Pages/index.aspx. If you would like to stay informed about a variety of land use planning topics please visit

 

https://www.oregon.gov/lcd/About/Pages/Subscriptions.aspx to subscribe to one or more of the Department of Land Conservation and Developments email subscription services.

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