A snowy plover at Oceano Dunes. Oceano Dunes represent a rare natural area located in San Luis Obispo County along California’s Central Coast. The park spans 6 miles of beachfront and contains one of the largest dunes complexes along the California coast.
The dunes have been designated an Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Area because of their unique nature and their importance to specific species of plants and animals. These dunes are home to least terns and to nesting snowy plovers, two threatened species. Additionally, a creek and lagoon that support California red-legged frogs are also part of the entire park.
Since the 1980s, the state parks system has allowed off-highway vehicle (OHV) use—mostly three- and four-wheelers—at Oceano Dunes. Over the years, various studies have shown that the park has been the source of significant air pollution during intense OHV use. Additionally, efforts to protect the creek, lagoon and sensitive nesting areas from OHVs have been unsuccessful.
After years of permitting the state parks system to allow OHV use at the dunes, the staff of the California Coastal Commission has produced a proposal to strengthen requirements for the permit to allow OHV use in the near term and has recommended that OHV use be phased out at the park. The park would still be open to other users, including campers and beachgoers.
The Coastal Commissioners will consider the staff report and its recommendations on Thursday, July 11 in San Luis Obispo. The meeting will be held at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Rd, San Luis Obispo at 9 AM.
There are two ways to support the staff report.
Attend the meeting and/or submit a comment email.
The OHV lobby, backed by OHV dealers, are gearing up to get hundreds of people to the meeting to pressure the Commission to reject the staff report.We need a strong showing from people around the state who support the proposal to transition the dunes way from damaging off-highway vehicle use.
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