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Oregon Dunes Sand Camping Project Delayed

Corvallis, OR, (March 2, 2005) - An appeal of the decision concerning the Off-Highway-Vehicle Sand Camping Environmental Assessment decision on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area is causing delays in the upcoming reservation system and implementation of the project. At this time, reservations for designated sand camping sites for the 2005 summer season cannot be made.

“We expect to know more about the status of this project, including when people can make sand camping reservations, beginning the week of April 18,” said South Zone Deputy District Ranger, Bill Blackwell.

People wishing to make summer plans now can check with Reserve USA at or 1-877-444-6777 for U.S. Forest Service developed campground reservations. Recreationists can also contact private, state and county campgrounds, or area hotels and trailer parks for alternate accommodations.

“We regret any inconvenience this might cause those people planning their summer vacations”, said Blackwell. “As soon as we know more, we will notify people through the Forest website, mailings and press releases,” he added.

Visitors wanting to recreate on the sand dunes during the day can continue to do so, and are not affected by this decision and appeal according to Blackwell.

The latest information concerning sand camping reservations and camping on the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area can be obtained from the Siuslaw National Forest website,, or by contacting the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area visitor center in Reedsport at (541) 271-3611.

The appeal, which is a request for a review at a higher organizational level, will be reviewed by the Regional Forester in Portland.

Activities associated with the OHV-Sand Camping Project Environmental Assessment include designating 138 dispersed campsites, prohibiting camping outside of designated sites; implementing a non-significant amendment to the Oregon Dunes Management Plan to build a new Horsfall staging area of 70 sites; and incorporating the existing 21-site Horsfall staging area into the Horsfall campground as a group or overflow site.

With the substantial increase of sand camping at the Oregon Dunes, there was a need to address visitor and employee safety, resource protection, and maintaining a quality recreation experience. Several problem areas were identified and addressed through this environmental assessment.

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