Report Details

Evidence of increased erosion of cape from November visit,  erosion on all areas of cape, large trees dead, one toppled over edge of dune, evidence of recent slides on rock faces, evidence of erosion gullies and sliding of vegetation areas.  

Conditions

Temperature: 45 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: SE. Tide Level: 9.0 feet.

Human Activities

Number of people: 8. Number of dogs: 2. Walking or running: 4. Surfing: 3. At 9:30 few people on this mile. At 11:30, walkers 12, observers standing at parking lot edge 25, people climbing on dune/rocks 5, dogs 9. No vehicles.

Concerns

Climbing bluffs/seastacks, People/dogs/vehicles in closure areas

Notable Wildlife

2 seals in waves, 28 turnstones on rocks, 3 bald eagles perching and soaring over cape, 6 black skaters on surf

Driftline Content

Small rocks, Seaweeds and seagrass, Shells, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Wood pieces, Land-based debris (picnics, etc.), Marine debris (plastic, styrofoam, etc. washing in from the sea). Many small pieces of plastic items, some pieces of rope

Man-made Modifications

New concrete blocks on south edge of boat ramp

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Erosion of vegetated foredune, Visible retreat of solid bluff. Waves pounding from south side of cape creating thunderous noise on the opposite side. Suspect increased cave erosion and potential break through in near future.

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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Wow what a change from last month! State Parking lot is closed for a couple of months while construction on the new parking lot and restroom continues. The tree ( object I show as a measure of sand deposition ) is really getting uncovered! Survey also for COASST, no beached birds or mammals found. The beach access point at the north end of Bob Straub State Park is still unusable for vehicles, due to a massive erosion event and 5 foot sharp edges to the beach.

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Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

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Mile 261

Haystack Rock, Cape Kiwanda

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

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