New book, website highlight Oregon’s dunes, their disappearance, and efforts to save them

Release Date: Feb 13, 2018   Reedsport, OR

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Andy Vobora - ODRC


The Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative has released a new book, Restoring Oregon’s Dunes: The bid to save a national treasure. Developed as a coffee-table-style book, Restoring Oregon’s Dunes tells the story of the coastal dunes that run from Florence to Coos Bay, their history, why they’re disappearing, and the partnership that has formed to try and save them. Along with the release of the book, the group has also launched a website, SaveOregonDunes.org, to promote public awareness and involvement in dunes restoration.

The Oregon dunes ecosystem is a unique, dynamic landscape, where movement of the sand by wind is critical to maintaining native ecology as well as the recreation opportunities that draw thousands of people to coast each year. In the last several decades, nonnative invasive plants have been rapidly stabilizing the dunes and altering natural geological and ecological processes. It is now thought that urgent action is needed to save the dunes.

In 2014, the Siuslaw National Forest, which manages the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, convened a group of stakeholders—recreation and tourism groups, environmental groups, tribal representatives, elected officials, community members, and federal, state, and county agencies—to develop a strategy for tackling dunes restoration.  That strategy, and the natural and cultural context on which it is based, is described along with stunning photography in Restoring Oregon’s Dunes. The companion website serves as a hub of information for people who would like to learn more or get involved in dunes restoration.

“The collaborative group has put significant energy into developing this restoration strategy,” said Jerry Ingersoll, Siuslaw National Forest Supervisor. “It’s exciting to see that work now documented in this beautiful book, and even more exciting to have it as a foundation for the decades-long project of restoring this special place.”

Dina Pavlis, Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative member and author of Secrets of the Dunes, explains, “The Oregon dunes are a special place for many of us. If we do nothing, they will be lost forever. That’s why I’ve been a part of this effort. I’m hoping this book will help others see that all of us, working together, is how we can save the dunes.”

Limited quantities of Restoring Oregon’s Dunes are available upon request through the Contact Us link at SaveOregonDunes.org, where a digital PDF of the book is also available. People interested in learning more are invited to visit with representatives of the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative at a booth at the Florence Home and Garden Show March 2 – 4, 2018.  To learn more about the Oregon Dunes Restoration Collaborative, visit SaveOregonDunes.org.