Washed Up Wood Debris Part Of A ‘Torii’

Part of a free-standing arch called a torii washed up in Oceanside on March 22nd. Since then, other pieces of wood have washed ashore that have prompted reports to Oregon Parks and Recreation Department coast staff. The wood, small beams and other structural timbers, could be debris from buildings in Japan destroyed in the March 2011 tsunami, but they do not appear to be related to the torii found near Oceanside. Unlike the piece of the torii, which was painted and carefully made, the rest of the woody debris is unpainted and was probably used in common construction. There is no update regarding the origin of the torii; it is still being stored at a state park.

Since these other pieces of wood are untreated, and don’t contain nails or other metal fittings, they can be left on the shore to either decompose or join the natural driftwood piles. While many are coated with algae native to the mid-Pacific, those species do not represent a threat to Oregon’s coastal ecosystem. Feel free to inspect and photograph these beach finds, but there’s no need to report unpainted woody debris.

This entry was posted on Monday, April 1st, 2013 and is filed under Local News, State News.