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July 7, 2011
Nestucca Bay Refuge closed weekdays from 8/8 - 9/9/2011
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, including the Pacific View trail and both parking lots, will be closed to the public on weekdays from August 8 through September 9, 2011 to allow construction on Christensen Road.    Christensen Road will be closed at the junction with Highway 101. During this construction period, Christensen Road and the refuge will be open from dawn to dusk on Saturdays and Sundays, and on Labor Day Monday September 5. Heavy equipment will be blocking the road during weekday construction hours, and no traffic will be permitted.  Construction work taking place during this time includes replacement of the Upton Slough culvert with a pre-cast concrete bridge; repair and stabilization of the asphalt road embankment in two locations; and scraping and regraveling of the upper road.
 
The replacement of the Upton Slough culvert with a pre-cast concrete bridge near the junction of Christensen Road and Highway 101 is intended to restore fish habitat by increasing the waterway cross section of Upton Slough (a tributary to Little Nestucca River and Nestucca Bay) from 12 square feet to 40 square feet with a natural soil bottom and stream banks.  This project will allow for the re-establishment of the natural morphology of the creek in this location and will facilitate salmonid passage. Upton Slough, which drains a 681-acre watershed, is a partially channelized stream emptying into Nestucca Bay.  This stream channel currently passes underneath Christensen Road through a 48� concrete culvert, which restricts flow to 12 square feet.  The stream has flooded and overtopped the overlying refuge entrance road during very heavy rainfall.  Two tide gates, one of which is “fish-friendly�, are located at the north end of Upton Slough at its terminus with the Little Nestucca River and Nestucca Bay. Upton Slough and the associated pasture ditch system allow fish to enter from Nestucca Bay, and the channel is within critical habitat designated for threatened coho salmon (Oregon Coast ESU).  
 
The road embankment project will stabilize the edge of an asphalt road by widening the embankment fill about two to three feet with riprap and crushed aggregate.  This project is necessary to prevent further deterioration and subsequent failure of the asphalt road edge.   The upper road, which has a gravel surface from the lower to the upper parking lot, has not been regraveled since its construction in 2008 and is deteriorating.  Scraping and regraveling is needed to continue to provide a safe, comfortable driving surface for visitors.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:36 PM
May 26, 2011
Waterline Replacement Under Neskowin Marsh Unit Proposed
The Service proposes to allow the Neskowin Regional Water District to replace a failed portion of waterline underneath the Neskowin Marsh Unit of Nestucca Bay NWR. Review the Compatibility Determination (46 KB PDF) and send comments to oregoncoast@fws.gov. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 10:32 AM
March 2, 2011
Birding and Blues Festival April 9-11, 2011
Birding & Blues Festival returns April 8-10

What: Birding & Blues Festival
Where: Kiawanda Community Center, 34600 Cape Kiwanda Drive, Pacific City, Oregon
When: April 8-10, 2011
Cost: $25 for 3-day adult pass, $10 for 3-day student pass

Pacific City, Ore. — Registration for the eighth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the event’s web site, www.birdingandblues.com.

Held April 8-10 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Stephen Shunk of Paradise Birding, who will debut his presentation "Pacific Coast Waterbirds: Albatrosses, Sea Ducks & Sandpipers" at the festival. His talk is part of three days of lectures by respected regional birding experts, as well as two live birds of prey exhibitions. Seminars will address topics ranging from bird conservation to the natural history of seabirds, from the migration trends of Vaux’s Swift to white-cheeked goose monitoring — and much more.

For the outdoor minded, the festival features 12 birding hikes led by experienced birders to a wide variety of local habitat. Amongst the offerings are trips to Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, Clay Myers State Natural Area, Camp Winema and Neskowin Marsh.

Registration for three days of excursions and seminars is $50 for immediate families, $25 for adults and $10 for students. Birding & Blues has something to offer all ages and interests — even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.

A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday evening and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Center’s great hall in a children’s activity where kids will paint a series of bird banners. There will also be a complimentary bird and wildlife photography presentation on Friday.

For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festival’s boating excursions. Trips include four 90-minute boat tours on Nestucca Bay on Saturday and three kayak expeditions on the Nestucca on Sunday, as well as an all-day boat trip on Tillamook Bay on Friday. And back by popular demand is the Three Capes Scenic Tour, which takes birders on a 60-mile round trip that features views of the Pacific Ocean, bays, headlands, forests, rivers and pastures — each a unique birding habitat. Additional fees apply to add-on excursions.

Music is always a part of any Birding and Blues celebration and this year is no exception. This year the festival welcomes the rollicking blues sound of Kolvane on Friday, April 8 and the award-winning Ty Curtis Band on Saturday, April 9 at Kiawanda Community Center. Both concerts start at 8 p.m. Admission to each concert is $10 or opt for a special pass that includes festival field trips and seminars, as well as both concerts. The music won’t be limited to the Community Center performances. The Cooper Jennings Blues Root Duo will play a free concert Friday, April 8, from 5-7 p.m. at Twist Wine Bar (503-965-6887) and the Purple Cats will be featured the Oar House Bar & Grill (503-965-6001) on Saturday at 10 p.m.

In another festival-related event, the music-infused poetry of the Fisher Poets will offer up their literary talent at Rowboat Gallery (503-965-4590) on Saturday, April 9, starting at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on the 2011 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Register early to secure space in your preferred hiking excursion or boating trip. The 2011 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:58 PM
May 8, 2009
Expect Delays on Road to Cannery Hill Overlook May 11-15
Embarq (telecommunications) will be replacing overhead lines with buried telecommunication facilities along Christensen Road within Nestucca Bay NWR. Christensen Road provides the only access to the Cannery Hill Overlook. Beginning Monday, May 11 through Friday May 15, heavy equipment will be working along this road to bury the new lines along the road. Visitors wishing to access the Cannery Hill Overlook will experience delays of 15 to 30 minutes while the heavy equipment is disconnected and temporarily moved to allow vehicles to pass in both directions. The compatibility determination to allow this activity can be found at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/index.htm . If you have questions please contact Rebecca Chuck at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
March 5, 2009
USFWS to Bury Telecommunication Lines at Nestucca Bay NWR.
The USFWS seeks public comments on a proposal for Embarq to replace overhead lines with buried telecommunication facilities along Christensen Road within Nestucca Bay NWR. Comments must be received by March 23, 2009. The compatibility determination to allow this activity can be found at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/index.htm. Please submit written comments regarding this Compatibility Determination to the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex at 2127 SE Marine Science Drive/ Newport OR 97365 or via email at oregoncoast@fws.gov. If you have questions please contact Rebecca Chuck at 541-867-4550.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
January 15, 2009
Land Acquisition Approved for Nestucca Bay NWR
Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge has been selected to receive $800,000 from a federal land conservation fund to acquire 80 acres of pasture land that is one of only two wintering sites used by the entire world population of the Semidi Islands Aleutian cackling goose, which numbers only about 140 birds. The parcel is located just north of Pacific City, Oregon.

"Acquiring this land for inclusion in the refuge is essential to the long-term protection of the Semidi birds, as it will permanently protect one of their most important wintering sites," said Roy Lowe, project leader of the Oregon Coastal National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which includes the Nestucca Bay Refuge. "Providing long-term secure wintering habitat for Aleutian cackling geese was one of the main reasons the refuge was established."

"This property was a top national priority for addition to a refuge because its habitat is so critical for the remaining Aleutian cackling geese," said Russell Hoeflich, Oregon director for The Nature Conservancy. "We congratulate the Fish and Wildlife Service for this refuge addition and thank them for doing an excellent job of protecting the incredible natural diversity of the Oregon coast for future generations." The Conservancy recently purchased the property from a private owner, and will not profit from sale of the property to the government, Hoeflich added.

Addition of the parcel to the refuge will also help secure high-value habitat for thousands of other migratory birds that spend time around Nestucca Bay, where as many as 4,000 geese have been observed using pasture land. As refuge land, the newly acquired tract will be grazed to maintain the short grass pasture habitat that is essential for the geese, thus contributing to the local dairy farming economy and at the same time helping to address depredation by the geese on nearby farm lands, Lowe said. The community of Pacific City is rapidly growing toward the site and a new housing development is being built just above it, increasing the need for protecting this important open space, he added.

Lowe credited The Nature Conservancy with being a critical partner in the acquisition of the property. The Conservancy was able to complete the initial purchase of the land in a timely manner while the Service worked to secure funding to purchase it from the Conservancy and add it to the refuge. "They’ve been an invaluable partner," Lowe said.

The total purchase price of the property is $825,000 based on a recent appraisal, with the additional money coming from the agency's annual inholding/emergency funds. With the acquisition, Nestucca Bay NWR will grow to 893 acres. The refuge was established in 1991 with strong support from Senator Mark Hatfield, Congressman Les AuCoin and other legislators. It is one of six refuges managed by the Fish and Wildlife Service along the Oregon coast.

The acquisition grant is one of 12 purchases announced January 14 by Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne and Secretary of Agriculture Ed Schafer. The purchases will be made by four federal land management agencies in seven western states for a total of $4.7 million.

"The nearly $5 million to be used for these land purchases will bring into public ownership 1,587 acres that have extraordinary natural, scenic, recreational or historical value," Secretary Kempthorne said. "Acquiring these parcels promotes conservation while helping to ensure effective public lands management."

The special land conservation fund used to purchase these properties was established by Congress under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act of 2000. The Act authorizes the purchase of private "inholdings" from willing sellers in western states whose acreage is surrounded by or located next to certain lands under the management of the Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, or the Fish and Wildlife Service.

Other properties to be purchased by these three agencies with the new grants are located within or next to Bridger-Teton National Forest (Wyoming), City of Rocks National Reserve (Idaho), John Day Fossil Beds National Monument (Oregon), Santa Fe National Forest (New Mexico), Shasta-Trinity National Forest (California), White River National Forest (Colorado), and Zion National Park (Utah).

The pending land purchases are funded from already completed federal land sales. Under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act, the Bureau of Land Management is authorized to sell fragmented or isolated parcels of public land that are difficult to manage, as well as lands that may have residential or commercial value, and then use the proceeds to support land-conservation purposes.

To date, a total of $52.2 million in funding under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act has been approved for the acquisition of 25 parcels comprising 12,388 acres.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:00 AM
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