In the News
1.) May 1st quarterly meeting in Florence has been postponed.
1.) On March 3rd and 4th, Regional Forester Glenn Casamassa visited the Oregon Dunes with Forest Service officials, ODRC staff, OHV riders, and more. These two days were a great opportunity to show off what is so special about the dunes and why we work so hard to preserve them. Additionally, there were conversations about areas of the dunes that have already been impacted, and the long term consequences if dune restoration doesn’t happen soon. The hope for the ODRC, OHV riders, and dune lovers all around is that dune restoration can become one of the top regional project priorities.
Many thanks to Sand Dunes Frontier for taking the group out!
2.) The ODRC had our first volunteer work party on March 7th since our short Winter break in 2019/2020. Due to COVID-19, all work parties for April and May have been suspended.
For updates and news from Oregon State Parks regarding closures, click here.
1.) On February 1st, ODRC members Brian Saunders and Marty Stein gave a presentation to the Oregon Master Naturalist Program at the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge.
2.) On February 29th, ODRC staff attended the Siuslaw Education Expo at Siuslaw High School. From 10am-2pm the library, gymnasium, and court yard were filled with tables from 96 different organizations!
3.) The ODRC partnered up with a team of graduate students at the University of Oregon to assist us in completing a strategic plan. The graduate students are enrolled in the school of Planning, Public Policy & Management (PPPM) and are a part of Bob Choquette’s PPPM 426/526 Strategic Planning Course this coming Spring.
1.) On January 24th, the Siuslaw National Forest released their final Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Oregon Dunes Restoration Project.
You can also view the map(s) of all the treatment areas here.
2.) ODRC attended Part 2 of the National Geographic Live events at the Hult Center in 2019/2020. This time around, extreme cave diver Kenny Broad led the show!
3.) On January 31st, we had our quarterly meeting at the Community Baptist Church in Florence. Read the meeting minutes.
4.) Andy Vobora, Chair of Education & Outreach had an interview with KXCR in January as part of their Community Conversation series. Listen here.
1.) The ODRC released our short film, “Saving the Oregon Dunes.” This film was made possible by a donation from The Childs-Whitney Trust. Filmed and produced by Spring Fed Media, this 7-minute video dives deep into the history of the Oregon Dunes, the origins of the collaborative, and our restoration efforts for years to come.
The Beach Connection wrote an article on the release of our film. Read about it here.
2.) ODRC volunteers are taking a well-deserved break from work parties for the holidays. There were 31 different work parties removing Scotch broom and gorse in calendar year 2019 at 8 different locations on the Siuslaw National Forest plus Honeyman State Park and Siuslaw High School.
1.) On November 2nd, ODRC staff gave a presentation on the Oregon Dunes at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center. This presentation was one of the many presentations given during Cape Perpetua’s Fall Speaker Series in 2019.
2.) On November 15th, KMTR News covered a story on the ODRC and our upcoming restoration efforts at the Sand Tracks Picnic Area in the Coos Bay/North Bend Area. Watch the story here.
3.) ODRC tabled the first of three National Geographic Live events at the Hult Center in 2019/2020. The first show on November 24th kicked off with Social By Nature, presented by biologist-turned-photographer, Ronan Donovan.
4.) The Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, passed in 1968, preserves the character of rivers and streams designated in this federal system. Protection under the act ensures the free-flowing nature of designated streams, and protects a corridor that ensures the important values of the streams are not degraded. (More about the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act)
Senator Ron Wyden has long been a champion of wild rivers and lands in Oregon. He is currently inviting all Oregonians to nominate new Wild and Scenic Rivers for legislation he plans to introduce next year. In the Oregon Dunes, there are several streams that have significant natural values and are eligible for nomination. From north to south these are Lily and Berry Creeks, Sutton Creek, the Siltcoos River, Takenitch Creek, Threemile Creek, and Tenmile Creek. Importantly for the work of the ODRC, Wild & Scenic River designation would not prevent restoration work so long as it didn’t negatively impact the outstandingly remarkable values the stream is designated for.
If anyone is interested, nominations can be sent to email@example.com by January 20, 2020. Include your name and address, what stream or streams you think deserve protection, and a few sentences on why you think it deserves protection (fish or wildlife, recreation, scenery, water quality, etc).
1.) With funding from The Collins Foundation and Lane County Community & Economic Development, the ODRC was able to hire another intern through the University of Oregon’s RARE Program. Brian Saunders will be serving as the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative’s Communications & Outreach Coordinator through July and will work on various projects such as facilitating the development of a 3-5 year strategic plan, coordinating events, maintaining ODRC social media platforms and much more.
2.) In late August, two ODRC members accompanied Congressman Peter DeFazio and two of his aides on a sand-dune buggy ride, provided by Chuck Chapman of Sand Dunes Frontier. It was a great opportunity to talk about dune restoration and long-term funding efforts for Oregon’s beloved coastal sand dunes. Additionally, it was Congressman DeFazio’s first time on a sand rail ride!
3.) The ODRC will prepare for their quarterly meeting in Florence on October 31st at the Community Baptist Church.
4.) There is a fundraising opportunity through National Geographic’s Live Speaker Series at the Hult Center in November, January and March. The ODRC has the opportunity to earn $5 for every ticket we facilitate selling using the coupon code “ODRC” at check out!
Upcoming public meetings of interest:
1.) Douglas County Commissioners will be holding a public meeting to discuss allowing OHVs on roadways in Winchester Bay. Monday, June 17, 2019, from 5:30 to 7:00pm at the Marina Activity Center (MAC) at Winchester Bay RV Resort. For more information, contact Heidi Gallego, firstname.lastname@example.org
2.) Lane County Parks will be holding a public meeting to discuss leasing the North Jetty Park in Florence from the Oregon Department of State Lands. Monday, June 24, 2019 at 6:00 pm at the Siuslaw Valley Fire Station, 2625 Highway 101. For more information, contact Charlie Conrad, email@example.com
UPDATES June 2019:
1.) After feedback at the public meeting regarding OHVs in Winchester Bay, Douglas County Commissioners decided to abandon their plans to allow OHVs to drive on county roads. Read more about the decision in the Roseburg News-Review.
2.) Lane County Parks has signed a 1 year lease to take over maintenance at the North Jetty Park from the Department of State Lands. Over the next year, LCP hopes to learn more about how the public is currently using the park, what improvements need to be made, what amenities the public may want to see created, and any other concerns. After 1 year, the Lane County Commissioners will decide whether or not to take control of the park long term.
Public input is currently being collected on North Jetty Park. Click here to fill out Lane County Park’s survey.
Get ready for June events! Educational presentations and volunteer events happening soon in Coos County. Read about them in the Coos Bay World.
Tourism spending in Lane County passed the $1 Billion mark in 2018. Read about how the Dunes are a large part of the region’s tourism draw in this interview with KLCC.
Research from Oregon State University and the U.S. Forest Service studies the scat of the Humboldt marten to learn where the marten are living and what they eat in the dunes. Via the Eugene Register-Guard
Read more about the Humboldt marten and how its status affects proposed dunes restoration work in this piece from the Eugene Weekly.
Read coverage of our Earth Day event at John Dellenback Dunes via the Coos Bay World.
We’re featured in Coast Explorer magazine!
See listing for our upcoming Earth Day volunteer events in the Siuslaw News.
The South Coast Shopper covered our Science Pub Talk in Coos Bay, and upcoming volunteer opportunities.
ODRC and our work to save the dunes were mentioned in the Tillamook Headlight Herald.
The ODRC’s publication “Saving Oregon’s Dunes: The Bid to Save a National Treasure” was honored with the Publication of the Year award from the Public Lands Alliance at their 2019 Convention and Trade Show in Denver. Read more about all of the awards here.
The National Forest Foundation published a blog about the plant and animal life found in the Oregon dunes. Click here to read it.
ODRC gave a presentation to the Coos County Board of Commissioners, which was covered in The World newspaper. Read the full story here.
Our Volunteer working group has compiled all of the hours contributed to Save the Oregon Dunes during Fiscal Year 2018. Read the full report here.
The Eugene Weekly ran a cover story on the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative. Read the full article here.
The Oregonian did a wonderful story about the variety of nature found in the dunes for Oregonlive.com. Read the full article at this link.
Jared Anderson with the “Siuslaw News” (Florence, OR newspaper) came out to Heceta Dunes on August 18. He joined the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative work party for a few hours and helped remove scotch broom. The next week he published an article on the day. Here is the link.
Corvallis, OR, August 13, 2018
New Citizen Science Effort to Map Invasive Species on the Siuslaw National Forest
The Siuslaw National Forest is expanding citizen science volunteer opportunities with a new pilot program called Wild Spotter. The Wild Spotter program provides tools the public, local communities, states, tribes, and many other groups can use to help locate, quantify, map, and report invasive species infestations in a simple and effective manner, while raising public awareness about invasive species and promoting collaborations across the landscape.
Through a collaboration with over 20 partners, University of Georgia – Center for Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health and Wildlife Forever are working with 12 pilot National Forests and Grasslands across the United States, including the Siuslaw National Forest, to gather important data on invasive species and how they are impacting wilderness areas, wild and scenic rivers, and other natural areas.
By downloading the free Wild Spotter Mobile App on your iPhone, iPad or Android device you can identify, map, and report invasive species found in your favorite wild places. Once a Wild Spotter volunteer identifies and reports a species, the data is verified by experts and then made publically available through a networked invasive species inventory database hosted by the University of Georgia. The database will be the first nationwide inventory of invasive species in America’s natural areas.
“We are happy to be part of the Wild Spotter program and to offer the public a way to enjoy their national forest while helping us gather information on the locations of invasive species,” said Forest Supervisor Angela Elam. “Invasive plants, pathogens, and animals can threaten recreational activities, productivity, and ecosystem health. This tool will help the forest to implement better strategies for prevention, control, and eradication.”
If you want to become a Wild Spotter or learn more about the program, visit the website www.wildspotter.org
The ODRC work was featured in the Oregon Coast Visitors Association June-July e-newsletter. Here is a link.
May 2018 – Coos Watershed Association Education and Outreach Coordinator, Alexa Carleton, partnered with the Coos History Museum to install native landscaping that mimics the different plant communities of the coastal dunes– complete with interpretive signs that provides a walking tour through the parking lot of the different systems. Contact Alexa (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.