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Spanning more than 40 miles, the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is the longest expanse of coastal sand dunes in the United States. Stretching from Florence to Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes attract more than 1 million visitors each year and is recognized for its unique habitat amid the temperate rainforests of the Oregon Coast range. The Oregon dunes are important for the opportunities they provide for recreation and tourism, as well as the vital habitat they provide for sensitive and threatened plants and animals. Due to the rapid spread of invasive species, the Oregon dunes are disappearing before our eyes. We must act now if we wish to save this special place. 

Come to the Siuslaw Public Library in Florence, Oregon, on Saturday, July 14, at 1:00 PM to learn more about the Oregon dunes, their history, the problem with invasive plants and the goals of the ODRC to help save them. This presentation is free and open to the public.

Dina Pavlis is a local author, photographer and dunes enthusiast. She has volunteered for the U.S. Forest Service as an interpretive guide and educator at the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area since 2003. Dina is a member of the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative, a diverse group of stakeholders, agencies and community members working together to save the Oregon Dunes from disappearing due to rapidly spreading invasive grasses and plants.