The Cascade Head Scenic Research Area Coordination Team invites citizens to attend an open house on Thursday, September 27th to discuss a durable trails plan for the Cascade Head area. The open house will offer opportunities to learn more about Cascade Head with table displays and insight for citizens to share thoughts on how to preserve this unique scenic area on the north coast of Oregon. The open house will be held September 27th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm at the Lincoln City Community Center, 2150 NE Oar Place, Lincoln City.
The Coordination Team is comprised of representatives from the Forest Service, The Nature Conservancy, Camp Westwind, Lincoln City Parks & Recreation and Cascade Head Ranch. The team was formed to tackle new challenges and opportunities with the trail system, trailheads and parking areas. Recreational use in the area has increased over the last several years. The team is receiving technical assistance from the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program.
In addition to the open house, a brief online survey has been developed for the public to provide feedback regarding trail access and use. The survey data will help shape proposals for a trail system design which allows for recreational use while still protecting the incredible natural resources of this unique area. A link to the survey can be found at www.surveymonkey.com/r/CHSRA.
“If Cascade Head is a special place to you, I would highly encourage you to fill out the survey and attend the open house,” said Deb Wilkins, Hebo District Ranger. “It’s really important to us that opinions from visitors, landowners and land managers are heard early and included in the planning process.”
The 9,670-acre Cascade Head area was established by Congress in 1974 “to provide present and future generations with the use and enjoyment of certain ocean headlands, rivers, streams, estuaries and forested areas, to insure the protection and encourage the study of significant areas for research and scientific purposes and to promote a more sensitive relationship between people and their nearby natural environment.”
This spectacular coastal headland provides critical habitat for native prairie grasses, rare wildflowers and the Oregon silverspot butterfly as well as recreational, research, educational, scenic and estuarine resources.