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Students Work to Save Dunes

Published: April 28, 2017


Florence, OR — 7th grade students from Siuslaw Middle School will join area residents and staff from the Forest Service to cut scotch broom from the Heceta Dunes. On Saturday, April 28 beginning at 10 a.m., these volunteers will gather in the cul-de-sac at the end of Nautilus Lane (see directions below). Anyone interested in learning more about this effort or wanting to join in the work is welcome. Efforts like this are part of an on-going battle to save the Oregon dunes from non-native plants that are quickly eradicating the dunes by stopping or changing the natural movement of sand along the coast.  

In 2014, Siuslaw National Forest staff convened a group of interested stakeholders who were concerned about the future of the Oregon dunes. Some had already been talking about the need to restore the dunes, others cared for this special place and were just beginning to learn about its uncertain future. Between field trips and work sessions over the next two years, the group carved out a strategy to best tackle the thorny issues that currently face the Oregon dunes. The strategy provides overarching guidance for a coordinated dunes restoration effort. The need is overwhelming, expensive and complex.  Identifying where and how we can make the best impact will ensure success today and into the future.  All of us can play an important role in developing and implementing a plan that increases the likelihood of success.  Developing the dunes restoration strategy was an important first step in what will be a long process of on-the-ground restoration. The group then decided to continue on by clarifying their mission, and developing a long-term plan for how to ensure the threatened dunes ecosystem will persist into the future. Today, this group, known as the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative works to develop restoration project ideas, grow public awareness of the need for dunes restoration, and seek funding opportunities and other support to achieve their goals. 
Directions - from Eugene, once you get to Florence, turn right (north) on Hwy 101. Go past Fred Meyer which will be on the left, look for the Driftwood Shores Hotel billboard, immediately after that turn left on Heceta Beach Rd. (there is a left hand turn lane). Go 1.8 miles and turn right on 4th Ave. Go to the end of 4th Ave, and turn right on Joshua Lane. Go near the end of Joshua Lane, you should see a line of cars on the right side of the road. Leave the area near Nautilus Lane clear so the school bus can turn onto Nautilus Lane. We are going to meet at the cul-de-sac at the end of Nautilus Lane. It is a short walk.

Contact: Lisa Romano, Public Affairs Staff Officer, Siuslaw National Forest
(541) 750-7075;

Author: Andy Vobora

Vice-President of Stakeholder Relations, Travel Lane County
541.501.9398 | 541.743.8770

Travel Lane County markets and promotes the Eugene, Cascades and Coast region as a destination for travel, conventions, sports, meetings and events. It serves as a private, nonprofit association dedicated to economic development through visitor spending, which pumped more than $783 million into Lane County, Oregon's economy in 2019.