News 2019-05-09T21:01:49+00:00

In the News

May 2019

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.

April 2019

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.

March 2019

ODRC and our work to save the dunes were mentioned in the Tillamook Headlight Herald.

February 2019

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.

January 2019

The National Forest Foundation published a blog about the plant and animal life found in the Oregon dunes.  Click here to read it.

December 2018

ODRC gave a presentation to the Coos County Board of Commissioners, which was covered in The World newspaper.  Read the full story here.

October 2018

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.

September 2018

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  Read the full article at this link.

August 2018

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

June 2018

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 ( for more information.

February  2018

“For the dunes to exist, the sand needs to move” – great article in the Siuslaw News covering the work of the ODRC.

ODRC Members were interviewed on Jefferson Public Radio / Southern Oregon NPR.  Listen to the conversation here.

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