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Originally published Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 11:57 PM

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Ore. Parks: no need to report all wood on beaches

An Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman says there's no need for folks to report every piece of wood debris washed ashore on state beaches. Really.

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SALEM, Ore. —

An Oregon Parks and Recreation spokesman says there's no need for folks to report every piece of wood debris washed ashore on state beaches. Really.

Spokesman Chris Havel says since part of what looks like a heavy, painted free-standing arch washed up in Oceanside on March 22, coastal parks staff have received more than a dozen reports about what Havel calls "normal woody debris."

Havel has said the 16-foot-long object found last week may have come from the March 2011 Japanese tsunami. Such arches are used to mark the entrance to certain sacred sites in Japan.

The other wood - described as unpainted small beams and structural timbers - could be tsunami debris but probably was used in common construction. Havel says it poses no threat and can be left to join the natural driftwood piles.

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