Deadline for Drone Comments

April 15, 2022 - 5:00 PM

Drone flying over the shoreline
Drone flying over the shoreline.\Photo courtesy of SeaGoingGreen.

The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) is drafting regulations for the use of drones in state parks—and that would include the entire Oregon shoreline, since OPRD manages it. 

The public has through 5 p.m. on April 15 to comment via e-mail at [email protected].  Note that this is an extension--the previous deadline was April 7, but it was decided to allow the public to comment through the next meeting of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Commission on April 13, and then allow a couple of extra days to respond to whatever is said at that meeting.

Drones can have serious impacts on birds and marine mammals, disturbing them in nesting, pupping and haul-out areas. Oregon Shores advocates that they be prohibited on the coast except in specifically designated areas where it has been determined that they will do no harm. This reverses the approach in OPRD’s initial draft of regulations, in which drones would be allowed except where prohibited.  Advocating for this more restrictive language is the single most important thing that members of the public can do to benefit wildlife.

To learn more, see our article, https://oregonshores.org/article/state-parks-seeks-public-input-drone-rules.