Organizers hope to send a message to the U.S. Forest Service.
Jody Philips, the president of Save the Riders Dunes, says the dunes are quickly dwindling because the forest service temporarily closed parts of the dunes and they aren’t being managed properly. He says grass growth has taken over much of the sand.
“We just need to manage it better, and we’re asking the forest service to start managing open sand, rather than closing off areas to anybody who can help destroy that grass,” Phillips said.
The rally is expected to bring in around 500 people. The group hopes it raises awareness about the importance of saving the dunes, what they say is a treasure to Oregon and beyond.