Authorities have stepped in for the preservation of the naturally occurring, scenic sand dunes of the Oregon coast. Steps are being taken to regulate the access to the various locations where sand dunes are found. Along the coast of the state of Oregon, 40 picturesque miles of sand dunes are located, the farthest-reaching in the northern subcontinent of the Americas.
As the aftermath of the rain and wind grinding down on the coastal areas of Oregon for millions of years, these dunes were formed by virtue of blowing sand. Many of the dunes extend as far as almost half a mile above the level of the sea, thereby offering opportunities for tons of activities for leisure, amusement, and sport in Oregon. These activities include all-terrain vehicle trails, hiking, camping, fishing, swimming, and an abundance of natural beauty for photography.
The Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area (ODNRA), is situated north of the Coos River in North Bend, to Siuslaw River, the city of Florence. The United States Forest Service (USFS) manages the ODNRA, which falls under the Siuslaw National Forest region, and is working towards securing the areas of ecological importance in Oregon. By bringing in this new law, the government officials are trying to preserve the scenic sand dunes on the Oregon coast.
The sand dunes are a great tourist attraction during the spring season. Business and tourism picks up from the month of March and stays good till the end of September, when fall kicks in. Income from tourism is a big revenue generator for a coastal state like Oregon. With Oregon being a favored region for adventurers, especially OHV (Off-Highway Vehicle) enthusiasts, having plenty of room to have fun is essential. It has been reported that disagreements between people over the way excursionists make use of the sand have been escalating.
The USFS intends to enforce new laws for regulating where the OHVs can go. The revision of the law will try to find a balance among preserving vegetated zones in Oregon by restricting access to the unauthorized paths, and safeguarding usable sand. They would be allowing OHVs, to the regions where they are trying to slow down the expansion of foreign plants.
Talking to media about the resolution, the authorities said that they were trying hard to de-escalate the clashes between the non-mechanized and the mechanized operations of the dunes. They also mentioned that they had strived hard to oblige to some of the practical demands of the adventure seekers. An extensive project for the restoration of the dunes is in the works. This will cut down a lot of unfamiliar plants, and also open up more dune areas.
The decision announced Thursday, February 26, will permit some unofficial routes and also designate some controlled sections for free riding. All the changes in the law will be implemented this upcoming spring. The conservationists have welcomed this move from the State Government of Oregon as it would preserve the state’s coastal sand dunes. There are very few places in the world where this naturally occurring phenomenon can be witnessed.
By Ankur Sinha