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Mile 287 Report
July 28, 2013
Beach looked clean and remarkably clear of debris, which may have been due to a covering of windblown sand (campers reported that the weekend had been quite windy).
Beach looked clean and remarkably clear of debris, which may have been due to a covering of windblown sand (campers reported that the weekend had been quite windy). Saw a couple of mortise and tenon beams which may have originated from Japan; otherwise no apparent tsunami debris noted. Lots of weekend camping activity in evidence, but folks appeared to be packing out their refuse. Continue to be concerned about incursion and clearing on foredune at site of private property ownership; otherwise all looked as usual on mile 287.
Temperature: 63 F. Cloud Cover: Cloudy. Wind Velocity: Calm/Light. Wind Direction: NW. Tide Level: 2.5 feet.
Number of people: 29. Number of dogs: 7. Walking or running: 8. Playing in sand: 9. Other Activities: Camping:12. Clear, dry weekend. It appeared that a number of folks had spent Saturday evening camping on beach - in the parking lot, saw a group of young men (teens) accompanied by a couple of older men who were loading up bicycles and camping equipment into vehicles; while walking to beach, encountered two couples with fully loaded backpacks hiking out. On mile 287, saw large encampment of at least 6 tents and approximately 20 people grouped around two fire pits. Most notably, saw evidence of dune grass clearing on foredune at mid-point of mile.
Cars/trucks parking: 42.
Seaweeds and seagrass, Animal casings (e.g., crab, shrimp molt), Shells, Small rocks, Styrofoam, Wood pieces.
Dune modification/removal. large area of dune grass at top of foredune had been newly cut, as had brush immediately behind foredune
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Site of clearing includes a low square structure apparently constructed as a tent site that has been previously reported (location: lat 45.3152N, lon 123.5709W). According to a camper who had talked with the Hispanic man hired to do the grass and brush cutting, clearing began on 7/26/13 and was completed on 7/28/13 at the request of the owner of this private parcel of land. Grass and brush had been cut to sand level with a weed-eater (roots were not disturbed). Did not walk down road that connects this parcel to the main road on the bay side, but camper reported that brush had been cleared for entire length of roadway. Photos of site are attached.
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