Report Details

https://www.flickr.com/photos/147645105@N05/albums/72157673244006880 Many more photos of the beauty and ongoing destruction of this natural area.

Conditions

Temperature: 50 F. Cloud Cover: Sunny. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: S.

Human Activities

Number of people: 4. Number of dogs: 3. Walking or running: 2. Surfing: 1. Other Activities: 1 Driving. Just since June of this year, several areas on the fragile cliffs/dunes have been destroyed. Tire tracks on the denuded dunes on the south side, past the sign stating no vehicular traffic is allowed. Witnessed several families this summer allowing their children to climb the fragile cliffs. Two waterfalls are filling with debris from people climbing down from the road and defacing the dunes. Vegetation is being eroded here as well. No one is following the rules for vehicular access. The beach is one long parking lot in summer. People also driving over dunes and streams.

Concerns

Fire, Litter, Climbing bluffs/seastacks

Apparent violations: everyone drives on the beach at all times of year.

Vehicles

RVs/Buses parking: 1. ATVs/OHVs on beach, allowed: 3.

Notable Wildlife

Deer tracks in the sand; large flocks of seagulls and other marine birds; hawks flying over wooded dune areas.

Beached Birds

Total dead birds: 3. Seagulls

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), Ocean-based debris (from fishing boats, ship trash, etc.).

Man-made Modifications

Dune modification/removal, Stream modification, Sand removal.

Natural Changes

Landslides/major boulder falls, Major cracks appearing in bluffs, Newly exposed roots/trees falling, Visible retreat of solid bluff, Evidence of wave overtopping.

Actions & Comments

Reported these findings, took photos.

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