Family-friendly Veterans Day Dunes Rally to be held at Old Bark Staging Area

Contact(s): Lisa Romano

Reedsport, OR – This Veterans Day, November 11th, military veterans and families are invited to join Forest Service staff, volunteers, and partners at the first Veterans Day Dunes Rally on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ORDNA). The event will be held starting at 11am at the Old Bark Staging Area just north of North Bend, OR, and will feature displays of emergency service vehicles, free ATV dunes tours for veterans, educational booths, and a visit from Smokey Bear.

"We're pleased to join with local businesses and organizations to demonstrate our communities' support of our local veterans," said Michele Jones, district ranger of the Central Coast Ranger District and ODNRA. "We're looking forward to hosting this event that should be fun for veterans, their families, and everyone who wants to come out and show their support while enjoying the dunes."

Veterans showing proof of military service will be able to take a free tour of the dunes in a side-by-side with a guide, courtesy of Spinreel Dune Buggy and ATV Rentals and Highway 101 Can-Am Side-by-Sides and ATVs. Kids will be able to enjoy viewing fire trucks and other emergency vehicles, play yard games, learn about the dunes from Forest Service rangers, and meet Smokey Bear. Kids can also safely practice their riding skills in the recently developed kid-friendly Old Bark riding area (equipment not provided, adult supervision required).

This event was initiated by Bobbie Collier, a US Army veteran and VetsWork Environment intern on the Siuslaw National Forest. Hosted by the Mt. Adams Institute, VetsWork is an AmeriCorps program designed to provide military veterans who are interested in natural resources management opportunities to learn new skills and build professional networks. "As someone who frequented the dunes before starting in this position," said Bobbie, "I knew that I wanted to focus my internship on creating opportunities that would bring together the community and Forest Service. I'm looking forward to having a great day with fellow veterans and their families to show them that we care and that they are not forgotten."

For questions or additional information contact the ORDNA Visitor Center at 541-251-6000. For more information about regulations at the ORDNA, visit and for information regarding State of Oregon off-highway vehicle regulations, visit