Mile 265 Dispatch

February 9, 2021
by rbourke

Location:
Tillamook
South Spit, Sand Lake
Conditions:
Tuesday 1:00 PM
Party cloudy
Wind:
Calm/Light from the NW
Humans / Pets:
Activities:
Concerns:
Apparent Violations:
Driving on Sitka Sedge dunes
Disturbances:
Vehicles:
Activity Comments:
Although Mile 264 is actually my CoastWatch mile, I was walking on the beach covering Mile 265 on February 9th and discovered damage from off-road driving on the Sitka Sedge dunes. This is of concern as the public's ability to drive on this beach is being debated. I have submitted my photos to the OPRD (Oregon Parks & Recreation Dept).
Notable Wildlife:
Dead Birds:
Stranded:
Fish & Invertebrates:
Driftline:
New Development:
Modifications:
Natural Changes:
Comments:

 I have submitted comments and my photos to the OPRD debating the public's access to this pristine beach.  

Summary:

Damage to the dunes and vegitation at the north end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area was observed due to joy riding with large off-road capable vehicles. 

  • damage from driving on Sitka Sedge dunes
    North end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area beach
    February 9, 2021
  • Joy riding on Sitka Sedge dunes
    North end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area beach
    February 9, 2021
  • Joy riding on Sitka Sedge dunes
    North end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area beach
    February 9, 2021
  • Joy riding on Sitka Sedge dunes
    North end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area beach
    February 9, 2021
  • Joy riding on Sitka Sedge dunes
    North end of Sitka Sedge Natural Area beach
    February 9, 2021
Other Mile 265 Reports (1)

2020

September 19, 2020 - aricatierradelmar
There has been an increase in people using this beach due to the lack of parking on the beach in Pacific City, a more general awareness of Tierra del Mar, and more access trails from Sitka Sedge....