Washington State Marine Debris Task Force have some new guidelines for beachgoers on what to do with wood debris and the best way to deal with potentially hazardous items.
Logs, branches, and wood debris are common along our coastal beaches. In the wake of the 2011 Japan tsunami, beachgoers may find a larger amount of wood debris as well as some new items coming in with the tides-small beams and milled lumber.
NOAA warns those on the beach that in most cases, you should leave the items in place. Unless the wood is treated, or contains a lot of nails and other metal, the wood should stay on the beach, decay, and become part of the ecosystem.
If the item is unusual and you believe that it is Japan tsunami debris, report it as if it were.
To report items, call 1-800-WA-COAST or email firstname.lastname@example.org