Learn how the Gorse Action Group is Partnering with the City of Bandon
In July 2019, the City of Bandon amended the Prohibited Vegetation Ordinance No. 1631 , and at that time removed all previous management exemptions for gorse from the code. Gorse is now the highest priority noxious weed for compliance and enforcement. Then, in October 2020, through an intergovernmental agreement with the City, Coos County agreed to adopt the same code for areas within Bandon’s Urban Growth Boundary (UGB) that were outside city limits and thus not subject to city code. Come February 2021 the City of Bandon can enforce noxious weed compliance evenly across the entire UGB.
The Gorse Action Group is working with the City on a District Plan for gorse abatement, please read the synopsis here. Management of gorse is best accomplished through voluntary compliance, involving strategic coordination and partnerships between private property owners, local businesses, city/county/state/federal agencies, parks, ports, watersheds, tribal members, and a variety of other entities working together toward responsible land stewardship.
The District Plan has divided land within the City of Bandon into six abatement districts as well as one UGB district (aka the Donut Hole). District abatement will progress from north to south using a prioritization of fire risk, topography, wind direction, population density, types of structures and other significant criteria like property lines, ownership and rights-of-way. Please see an overview map here and individuals maps of each district here.
District #1 Flyover
DISTRICT ONE: Active Compliance Actions
In order to provide coordination, cooperation, and strategic cost-sharing it is important for all private, public, and tribal landowners to create a vegetation management plan for their property. Compliance is achieved by filing and implementing a vegetation management plan with the City of Bandon in the time frame requested by the city, typically 30-60 days, of notification by the city of a complaint or the start of work in a specific district. To get started on your vegetation management plan, please fill out the site review checklist and submit it to the contact below.
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Contact: Bear Slothower, Vegetation Management Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org, 541-329-9595. He can get you started on a vegetation management plan with your neighbors!
Did you see our video showing how to coordinate work your with neighbors?
Windward Gardens, City of Bandon, and US Fish & Wildlife along with the participation of private landowners want you to see how gorse removal on the steep slopes found along the Southern Oregon Coast is best accomplished when neighbors and contractors work together to bring all of the tools needed to minimize soil disturbance and maximize budgets. Here is a quick video giving you the basics of working together to tackle gorse in a meaningful way.