If you ride dunes, read this. Oregon has figured out how to shut the dunes down without actually closing "riding area". Now, you simply cannot camp on the sand. If you have a toy hauler, the value just went down. If you motel it, your ok for now but dont get fooled into thinking they wont shut this down too. Simply put:
THE LARGE CROWDS OF DUNE RIDERS ON THE OREGON COAST ARE NOT WELCOME.
For now, they have cut the levels of camping down to levels below the current use. What this means is that when call to reserve a spot on th sand, you will be informed they are all booked up.
CALL THEM AND LET THME KNOW YOU ARE NOT HAPPY THEY ARE TAKING YOUR RIDING AREA AWAY.
Here is the forest service page:
John Zapell, 541/902-6976
Sharon Stewart, 541/902-6986
FLORENCE,OR- Under the guidance of the Oregon Dunes Management Plan, the Siuslaw National Forest is proposing to implement the OHV-Sand Camping Project to designate dispersed camping sites in the off-highway vehicle areas of the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA), and we’re seeking comments to assist with preparing and completing the E.A.
“Sand Camping on the Oregon Dunes has increased significantly, especially during the Summer holiday weekends,” stated District Ranger Bill Helphinstine. “ With the increase in use, several problem areas have been identified, which we need to address through this environmental assessment,” added Helphinstine.
Several issues have been identified, prompting this action. The confluence of large groups has changed the semi-primitive motorized recreation experience for riders. Large camps create unsafe working conditions for agency personnel and law enforcement officers, and concentrated campsites, and camps placed in designated OHV routes, create unsafe conditions for campers and riders.
Additionally, there is currently a lack of adequate developed day-use staging sites for OHV recreation. It is also difficult to enforce visitor responsibility for leaving trash, or damaging natural resources in camping areas under the current sand camping permit system.
Proposed actions include:
Designation of 130 to 180 dispersed camping sites that accommodate an average of five primary vehicles. This range of use is similar to the 650 to 900 sand camping permits currently issued on major weekends. Camping outside of the designated sites would be prohibited.
Building a new Horsfall Staging Area in the area currently accessing the Bark Sand Road. Seventy parking spaces will be designed for vehicles with a combined length of 68 feet. Restroom capacity will be based on a recreation facility with a design capacity of 225 people at one time. The existing Horsfall Staging Area will be incorporated into the Horsfall campground as a group site.
Construct a new Hauser Staging Area will be built to be comparable in size and capacity to the new Horsfall Staging Area.
“Since the designed capacity exceeds the levels identified in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Plan, this proposal constitutes a minor plan amendment”, added Helphinstine.
If you have any comments on this proposed action please provide them in writing by November 14, 2003. Written comments should be sent to: Bill Helphinstine, District Ranger, South Zone Ranger District, 4480 Hwy. 101, Building G, Florence, OR 97439. Written comments shall include:
(1) Your name, address, email, and (if possible) telephone number.
(2) Title of the proposed project on which you are commenting.
(3) Specific facts or comments along with supporting reasons that you believe the Responsible Official should consider in reaching a decision.
To receive additional information, contact John Zapell, Sharon Stewart, or Jennifer Wade at the Florence office by calling (541) 902-8526 between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM on weekdays. Visit the Siuslaw web site at www.fs.fed.us/r6/siuslaw
for more information.