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Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration
Ni-les'tun Unit of Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge
These are all of the Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project news updates posted in May, 2011.
Thursday, 26
The Final Phase of Restoration Begins!
The third and final year of construction for the Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project has begun. On May 10th, Refuge staff, engineers with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and the Coos County Road Department met on site with Pacific Power and Frontier Communications to discuss the undergrounding of the North Bank Lane power lines and phone/cable along the Fahys Creek and Redd Creek grade raise areas. This is a new project component that is being implemented along bird flight corridors to prevent injury and mortality due to wire strikes. During the meeting partners reviewed the 2011 construction activities and schedule for completing the small culvert upgrades, and repaving of North Bank Lane. Engineers with FHWA and their contractor BANC3 reviewed a new entrance road design for the refuge office since the existing entrance will be impacted by road widening of North Bank Lane. Surveyors for Tidewater Contractors arrived on May 4th; their construction crews are scheduled to arrive after the survey is completed. Roadwork will continue throughout the spring and summer.

Ducks Unlimited and their contractor Knife River Corporation will return to the refuge in July for the final phase of construction associated with the marsh restoration. This final phase will include the placement of the large woody debris in tidal channels and creeks, relocating the mouth of Fahys Creek back to its historic location, erection of small dikes on the east and west end of the project site to protect private lands, and removal of the artificial perimeter dike and tidegates. By late-August the tidal function of the marsh will be restored!
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:13 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
Wednesday, 25
Restoration of Fahys Creek to be Expanded
Delay in completing the undergrounding of the transmission lines under the Coquille River and floodplain last summer forced us move the completion of the tidal marsh restoration project to this summer. Initially a disappointment, the delay has allowed us to expand the restoration work for coho salmon and sea-run coastal cutthroat trout. Working with the USFWS's Coastal Program, ODFW, and Ducks Unlimited, the restoration of Fahys Creek is being extended onto private lands west of Highway 101. A step-pool structure will be built at the culvert outlet on the east side of the highway to allow salmonid passage under the highway and up Fahys Creek. The current 36" fall and plunge pool is a barrier to fish passage and blocks movement upstream. West of the highway the stream channel will be redirected back to the natural historic channel and away from an artificially constructed portion of the creek. This will allow fish passage from the Coquille River, all the way up to and past Fahys Lake.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:58 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project

Restoration at the Former Cranberry Bogs
Earlier this spring, the 10-acre former cranberry bogs on the Anaflor Smith tract of the refuge was replanted with native vegetation to begin restoring the area to forested wetland and riparian habitat. A contract crew working for Ducks Unlimited planted 1,227 trees and 10,130 shrubs in this area. A beaver exclusion fence was erected by refuge staff adjacent to the newly constructed stream channel through the former bogs to prevent beaver from feeding on and destroying newly planted streamside vegetation. Beaver have already begun impounding the stream channel at the south end of the former bogs creating good pool habitat for wood ducks, shorebirds, fish and amphibians. Fisheries biologists with the USFWS Columbia River Fisheries Program Office have been conducting pre-restoration monitoring and have found juvenile coho salmon present throughout the stream channels and sloughs constructed last year even though the outer dike and water control structures are still in place.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:57 AM / Category: Ni-les'tun Tidal Marsh Restoration Project
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