The narrow area of the Oregon Coast doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It’s influenced by the waters of the Pacific Ocean to the west; the land which slowly ascends to the various coastal mountain ranges to the east; and the sky above. If you stand on the coast, marveling at its tremendous beauty and diversity, you may not fully appreciate all these influences, even though they shape the shoreline every minute of every day. As we move away from the Pacific Ocean and toward the mountains, we’ll encounter a variety of ecosystems including dunes, headlands, uplands, woodlands, meadows, riparian (river) areas, lakes and ponds. To begin exploring, click on one of the ecosystems listed below.