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The weather was ideal for visiting Pacific City beaches as the many family activities seen today did show.This beach was devoid of any small sticks and woody debris as should be normally found. The only wood left are very large logs both on beach surfaces and partly buried. Many of these driftwood pieces have been used for beach fires one or more times.having found only two small pieces of trash from humans was a surprise with the large number of people recreating here.

Human Activities

Number of people: 100. Number of dogs: 10. Walking or running: 6. Playing in surf: 15. Playing in sand: 20. Sitting: 20. Photography: 7. Surfing: 35. Talking with U.S. Fish & Wildlife officer in official vehicle left me with the impression he would not have confronted people in violator vehicles had I not questioned him. I did direct him to the signs marking the NO VEHICLES area of this beach. He approached only one of the 4 violator vehicles.His tone gave me no confidence as he stated the local authorities do not enforce the "Prohibited Vehicles" area of Pacific City beaches.

Concerns

Apparent violations: Vehicles in Prohibited areas with no enforcement.

Vehicles

Cars/trucks parking: 60. RVs/Buses parking: 8. Cars/trucks on beach, allowed: 60. Cars/trucks on beach, prohibited: 4.

Notable Wildlife

small numbers of common gulls observed This mile showed little sign of any seaweed on the beach or in driftlines.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 2. Due to bad decomposition conditions, my guess is that the carcasses were common murres. They appeared to have been on beach for quite some time.

Dead Fish or Invertebrates

carcass of a four foot seal looked to be beached with the last high tide. A severe head injury seemed the only bodily injury. Photo attached.

Driftline Content

Seaweeds and seagrass, Small rocks. No seaweed, kelp or sticks are seen in driftline for the northern 755% of mile 261, perhaps due to the intense human activities

Man-made Modifications

None

Natural Changes

Sand deposits have formed a bench 6 to 8 feet above this morning's high tide line. No evidence to know how new this bench may be.

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Mile 261

February 7, 2024

A lot of winter damage to the foredunes noted. Construction workers working on the new boat ramp and replacing and relocating some drainage pipes. Photos showing bulldozer shift sand by residence. 1 dory and 3 fishermen getting picked up

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Mile 261

November 3, 2023

Nice 58 degree mild winds.

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Mile 261

October 3, 2023

Weather: Cloudy and Wintery, High tide today 3.

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Mile 261

September 4, 2023

Really a great day!

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Mile 261

August 2, 2023

Drift- Wrack and Surf Zones seem to differ along the beach.

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Mile 261

July 11, 2023

Nice smooth beach Foredunes are nice and smooth, no sharp edges.

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Mile 261

June 1, 2023

Beach is very smooth, no berms built up.

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Mile 261

May 17, 2023

Foredune increasing south of boat ramp, foredune below condominiums continues to sluffing and expose riprap rocks below.

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