Community Partner

Bandon Dunes Golf Resort

First Advisor

Joe Maser

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Environmental Management (MEM)


Environmental Science and Management




Natural resources conservation areas -- Oregon -- Bandon -- Management, Environmentally sensitive areas -- Oregon, Phacelia -- Oregon -- Bandon, Arctostaphylos uva-ursi -- Oregon -- Bandon, Vegetation surveys




The McKee Preserve is a new conservation area at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort, located on the southern Oregon coast. The Preserve is 250 acres in size and is made up of 13 different natural resource communities. One important resource is silvery phacelia (Phacelia argentea), which is a state threatened plant species and is a species of concern federally. The goal of this project was to perform plant inventories for silvery phacelia and kinnikinnick that will be used to establish a functional management plan for the Preserve. Other resources of interest to the Preserve have been included in the literature review and management plan. A proposed par 3 golf course has also been included in the analysis and management plan of the report. Using Geographical Information Systems and Global Positioning Systems to conduct the silvery phacelia inventory showed that there are 6,803 individual plants at the Resort and 5,078 plants on the Preserve. A silvery phacelia community was found north of Cut Creek, which has not been listed as a historical site for this species. The species most likely established itself through fill materials that were seed rich, when building the second golf course on the property, Pacific Dunes. The kinnikinnick meadows have been reduced from building and opening Bandon Trails Golf Course. The remaining meadows are 1.4 acres in size. The par 3 golf course, if built, will be located in the northern portion of the Preserve and would share access with Bandon Trails Golf Course. Out of the 11 proposed holes, 9 have been approved so that impacts to the silvery phacelia will be minimized.


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A project report submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Environmental Management.

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