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Mission statement

OCZMA serves local elected officials on the Oregon Coast.  OCZMA is a clearinghouse of objective information on issues relating to the Oregon Coast—this information is then shared with the state and federal government.  OCZMA conducts studies on the Oregon Coast's economy and carries out applied research to improve the standard of living in the region.  Through our extensive network of local government officials and many other partners, OCZMA gives voice to the concerns and needs of coastal residents.


About Us

The Oregon Coastal Zone Management Association (OCZMA) is a voluntary nonprofit association of coastal units of governments on the Oregon Coast (organized under
ORS 190)—counties, cities, ports, soil & water conservation districts and the Coquille Indian Tribe on the Oregon Coast. OCZMA was founded in 1976 and is a bi-partisan organization.

OCZMA’s office is located in Salem, Oregon. Financial support comes from annual membership dues (local jurisdictions), and, state and federal grants and contracts.

OCZMA quarterly meetings feature presentations on coastal issues of shared concern and dialogue about these and other matters. When needed, OCZMA members take public positions at the meetings on coastal issues. OCZMA members are often successful at reaching consensus because they share timely information, regularly engage in dialogue, and they develop relationships with each other. OCZMA also works regularly with the state and federal legislators representing the Oregon coast. OCZMA is often asked to act as a liaison between many state agencies and coastal residents.


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