Oregon Dunes NRA - Dunes restoration volunteer work day a success!

Release Date: Sep 27, 2013

Contact(s): Carl Bauer - 541.271.6000, Katie Sapp 541.750.7028

 Weed wrenches, loppers and gloved hands are used to pull, snip and pile vegetation.Braving weather forecasts of rain and wind, about 30 volunteers from Save the Riders Dunes, Strawberry Hill Four-Wheelers, and the Pacific Northwest Four Wheel Drive Association met to work on a dune restoration project last Saturday, September 21 at in the Bull Run area of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. This work was made possible through a partnership between the group Save the Riders Dunes and the Siuslaw National Forest.

“We are working with the Forest Service to restore the Oregon Dunes through removal of invasive species and creating more open sand,” said Jody Phillips, Presidentof Save the Riders Dunes. “This is a great first step towards working together on a project we can all agree on—dune restoration,” he added.

Luckily, the rain held off while volunteers and forest personnel teamed up to remove Shore pine, beach grass and Scotch broom from a six and a half acre portion of the Bull Run area just north of Coos Bay. The Forest Service fire crew had previously cut down most of the Shore pine.  A few volunteers were certified by the Forest Service on chain saw operations. Others used weed wrenches, loppers and their gloved hands to pull, snip and pile the European beachgrass, Scotch broom, and shore pine. Approximately twenty piles were stacked and will be ready to burn next year. Work on four out of the six and a half acres was completed.Save the Riders Dunes provided a much appreciated hot lunch to all workers.

“We appreciate the hard work of Jody Phillips in helping organize this event and getting the off-highway vehicle community out helping with this important project,” said Carl Bauer, Central Coast Ranger District and Oregon Dunes NRA Deputy Ranger. “We accomplisheda lot of work this weekend and hope to carry this partnership on to future dune restoration projects,” he added.

Meeting one another, working together, and learning more about one other made the day fun and started some new relationships. Workers were provided a hot lunch by Save the Riders Dunes, which always helps build relationships.

“We were all tired by the days end—everyone felt good about the work accomplished and are excited about what else we can work together on in the future,” noted Bauer. “We look forward to working with Save the Riders Dunes and any other groups interested in helping us with dunes restoration.”

Contact: For more information about the Siuslaw National Forest visit our web site at www.fs.usda.gov /siuslawor call 541-750-7000. Stay in touch through twitter.com/siuslawNFand www.facebook.com/DiscoverSiuslawNF.

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Project coordinator Mike Northrop [right] demonstrates how to use a weed wrench.