The Gorse Action Group advances managment of gorse through many avenues, from working with policy makers to collecting data in the field. Below are a few of our current projects. Visit the Gorse page for more information on the impacts of gorse on the southern Oregon landscape.
Donut Hole Project
The Donut Hole (soon to be renamed) is a 225-acre area within the City of Bandon’s Urban Growth Boundary. The area is of concern to the City of Bandon due to the high fire risk that the infestation of gorse presents. The GAG wants to work with the 185 landowners to remove the gorse infestation and reduce the safety risk it poses. If you are a landowner that would like to know more about this effort or would like to get involved, please contact Hedley Prince, a landowner within the Donut Hole, at email@example.com or (541) 900-2725 (email is preferred). Browse the documents and pictures below for more information on challenges to managing gorse in the Bandon Donut Hole and the historical context of gorse and fire safety concerns.
- Consultation Memo for the Donut Hole
- Bandon, OR Fire 1936
- Bandon Donut Hole Map (aerial overview)
- Bandon Donut Parcels (aerial overview)
For information on gorse removal contractors in Coos County, Oregon, please send us a message via our Contact Us page.
Coquille Point Gorse Removal
The Coquille Point gorse removal project was designed to restore native habitat and protect nearby seabird nesting colonies on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service property. Please read the full project summary below for more information.
Harris Beach Gorse Removal
The weed removal project at Harris Beach near Brookings, OR was initiated to combat the largest contiguous
infestation of gorse in southern Curry County. Please read the full project summary below for more information.
With the help of Oregon Department of Agriculture and Oregon Department of Forestry, we have developed an interactive online map of reported gorse sightings. Want to help in our mapping efforts? Go to our Reporting page to find out how you can report gorse!
In 2014 the Gorse Action Group, among other partners, began collecting on the ground data of gorse coverage to aid in the development of a computer model that uses aerial footage to accurately predict gorse presence. Below are documents describing this project and its outcomes, including initial mapping efforts, flight lines used to collect aerial footage, and the project report detailing model results.
- Oregon Department of Forestry: Mapping the Invasive Plant Gorse, September 2014
- Random Forest Modeling, 2016
- Gorse Mapping Project Flight Lines, September 2015
- Aerial Imagery Classification for Gorse Presence, 2015
- Gorse Action Group Aerial Mapping Project Poster
- Aerial Gorse Mapping Proposal, 2013
- Early Mapping Efforts Lead to GAG, May 2011