The Oregon Dunes National Recreational Area is a 50-mile long sandbox stretching along the coast from Florence to North Bend . Giant dunes reach up to 500 feet tall and rolling hills of open sand can seem to stretch to the horizon.
But the dunes are in trouble. Invasive vegetation is quickly closing in, shrinking the open sand.
A new Forest Service plan addresses how off-road vehicles use the dunes.
It’s a quiet morning at the Oregon dunes. Usually, you’d hear the buzz of off-road vehicles here.