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Oregon Parks: It's not necessary to report all beach wood

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OCEANSIDE, OR (KPTV) -

No need - that's what Oregon Parks and Rec employees are telling coast visitors who call in to report beach wood.

Ever since a chunk of what appears to be a sacred Japanese gate washed up on the Oregon Coast on March 22, coastal parks staff have received lots of reports of what spokesman Chris Havel called "normal woody debris."

The 16-foot long object that washed ashore March 22 may have been debris from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. It appeared to be part of a torii - an arch used to mark the entrance to sacred sites in Japan.

State parks workers are still waiting official word from the Consular Office of Japan on how to proceed with the sacred arch.

Meanwhile, parks employees think the wood being reported over the past week is just common construction wood. It doesn't pose a threat and can be left to join the natural driftwood piles.

"Feel free to inspect and photograph these beach finds, but there's no need to report unpainted woody debris," a statement from the parks office said.

Any visitor can report unusually large amounts of debris or other notable tsunami objects by calling 211 from the coast or sending an email with photos and location to beach.debris@state.or.us.

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