The Eugene Weekly ran a cover story on the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative. Read the full article at: https://www.eugeneweekly.com/2018/09/13/losing-the-sands-of-time/
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 a link: https://thesiuslawnews.com/article/restoring-the-dunes
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
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information.
February 1, 2018: If you care about the future of the dunes, you now have an opportunity to provide input on a Forest Service proposal to restore portions of the dunes, based on the strategy that we developed. For more information and instructions on how to comment, please visit the Siuslaw National Forest project website here.