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September 6, 2013
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Protects Iconic Headland
Partnership Permanently Protects Iconic Oregon Coast Headland for People & Nature
The Nature Conservancy in Oregon and the Pacific Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that an agreement has been reached with the Jesuit Novitiate in Sheridan, Ore., to conserve the 102.53-acre Jesuit property located on Cannery Hill overlooking Nestucca Bay. Ownership of the property has been transferred to the Service from the Jesuits.
The property will be protected as a part of the 1,202-acre Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge and combined with the 90-acre Harder property acquired in May 2013, now fully protects the entire Cannery Hill North Peninsula for wildlife and outdoor recreation.
“I’m nearly speechless that this stunning piece of coastal landscape will be protected in perpetuity for the public as part of the National Wildlife Refuge System,” said Roy W. Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. “The success of this acquisition was only possible due to the herculean efforts of our valued partners at The Nature Conservancy, Federal Highway Administration, the Oregon Department of Transportation, and the Oregon congressional delegation,” added Lowe.
The property, located at the confluence of the Nestucca and Little Nestucca rivers contains upland forest, shoreline, and tideland habitats at the northern tip of Cannery Hill. Wildlife using this area includes migratory songbirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, bobcat, black-tailed deer, and many other species. Shoreline and tideland habitats are used by a variety of estuarine fish including coho and Chinook salmon.
“The Nature Conservancy is thrilled to be part of the effort to conserve such an iconic part of Tillamook County for people to enjoy for years to come. This headland is a treasure,” said Russ Hoeflich, Oregon state director for The Nature Conservancy.
Funding for the permanent protection of this site was made possible by a National Scenic Byways grant to The Nature Conservancy through the Federal Highway Administration and Oregon Department of Transportation. National Scenic Byways grants are based on one or more archeological, cultural, historic, natural, recreational and scenic qualities. Funding for the adjoining Harder Property came from this same grant as well as the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a fifty year old program that uses revenues from offshore oil and gas development to conserve parks, open spaces and wildlife habitat for the benefit of hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation.
“My wife and I were very excited to learn that a beautiful piece of the Oregon coast is now going to be preserved for improved wildlife protection and public enjoyment” said local resident Pete Owston. “We think it’s great for wildlife conservation that the entire peninsula that juts into the mouth of Nestucca Bay from the south will now be managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”
In addition to providing future hiking, birding, and wildlife viewing opportunities for the public, the inclusion of this forested headland within the Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge will protect the dramatic view from U.S. Highway 101, the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, as well as the view at the south entrance to the community of Pacific City.
“It was important that we all work together to help preserve such an important piece of the coast for future Oregonians to enjoy,” said Pat Moran, ODOT Scenic Byways Program Manager. “The Jesuit Novitiate’s property will now be protected from development, ensuring that the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway’s scenic quality will be preserved for generations to come.”
The Nestucca property was owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years.
“The sale of the Nestucca Sanctuary is the culmination of several years of hard work,” said the Very Reverend Patrick J. Lee, SJ, Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus, Oregon Province. “The Nestucca Sanctuary is beautiful and will be a wonderful place for the public to enjoy the natural beauty and wildlife of the peninsula. Its value will live on in the Province through the financial support the sale provides to the Formation of future generations of Jesuits.”
Importantly, Realty Marketing Northwest brokered the deal between the Jesuits, TNC, and the Service.
“The Nestucca Sanctuary, owned by the Jesuits and used as a retreat for over 50 years, generated a lot of interest from the auction-marketing program. The sale, facilitated by The Nature Conservancy, to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be good news to many of these parties who were interested in the preservation of the 103-acre Headland Peninsula. It is clearly one of the most spectacular Oregon coastal properties we have sold,” said John Rosenthal, president of Realty Marketing/Northwest.
The inclusion of this property into the Refuge will provide increased opportunities for the public to enjoy both the views and wildlife along the Oregon Coast.
“The Council and the Service have a history of working together on restoration and education projects that benefit people and wildlife at the Refuge. Acquisition of these forested lands will result in additional recreational and educational opportunities for the public to fully appreciate the Nestucca watershed and its benefits to fish, wildlife and people,” said Alex Sifford, Coordinator for the Nestucca, Neskowin & Sand Lake Watersheds Council.
For more information on Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/nestuccabay/
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August 2, 2012
Family Friendly Events this Summer at Nestucca Bay
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and will continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, plant walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:
Monday, August 6, 5:30 â€“ 7:30 p.m., Berries and Beyond: Walk Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge with Lee Sliman; Refuge volunteer and self-described plant geek. Together with Lee you will walk refuge trails and identify many plants regularly eaten by Native Americans as well as pioneers and contemporary outdoor enthusiasts. Safety and protocol for tasting wild plants will be discussed. Donâ€™t miss this opportunity both to advance your awareness of coastal vegetation and expand your knowledge of Native wild edibles! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.
Thursday, August 23, 4:00 â€“ 6:30 p.m., Wildlife Refuge Paddle Trip: Come out for a guided evening paddle along the Little Nestucca River. We will start at the Tillamook county boat launch on Meda Loop and will paddle west along the Nestucca Bay NWR turning around at the Cannery Hill Point on the Bay. Refuge volunteer Lee Sliman will join the Tillamook Estuaries Partnership for this guided paddle and will talk about the natural history and mission of the Refuge. This is a great opportunity to get a sea level view of eagles, ducks, herons, kingfishers and other wildlife that are often present on this water trail. Meet at the Meda Loop County Boat Ramp at 4:00 p.m. Participants must supply their own boats, paddles and Personal Flotation Devices.
Monday, August 27, 5:30 â€“ 6:30 p.m., The Making of a Meadow: The grasslands of Nestucca Bay NWR may look withered now but they are on the brink of restoration. Plant experts have begun work to restore the area to native grassland and prairie habitat. Many changes will occur over the next five years. Join refuge volunteer Lee Sliman on a walk as she showcases the first steps of this restoration and explains what you can expect to see in the future. The program will start at the second, or upper, parking lot.
Saturday, September 1, 5:00-6:30 p.m. Color Walk: An enjoyable outing for kids and adults at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Participants will make his/her own unique color chart from a large box of crayons. Then everyone will join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman for a colorful nature walk along the Pacific View Trail. During the walk everyone will try to spot a plant or animal that showcases the colors on their charts. A plant color BINGO of sorts! The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.
Sunday, September 9, 5:30 p.m. â€“ dusk, Nature Journaling: Anyone can be a Naturalist! A Naturalist is simply a student of nature. Most of the well-known naturalists started out collecting bits and pieces of their wild experiences as well as documenting their observations through notes and sketches. Nature Journals have no set format. Dress comfortably and bring something to take notes on or with. We will share ideas about supplies and portability. Bring your cameras, binoculars and hand lens if you have them; a limited number of these items will be available for the group to share. Join Refuge Volunteer Lee Sliman on a meander around Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge as she marks a new phase in her life by beginning her own nature journal. The program will start in the first, or lower, parking lot.
Sunday, September 30, 10:30 a.m. â€“ 6:30 p.m., Art in the Refuge: Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge welcomes artists of all skill levels and media to come on out and work in the wild. A support shelter will be set up with water and miscellaneous support supplies for artists. Plant & wildlife ID books, art folios and both media and technique-oriented publications will also be on hand. Access to running water and a sink for media cleanup will be available. Artists may choose to join impromptu group reviews throughout the day. Bring your own art supplies and plan to be portable. All art will take place on trails and road edges. Check in at the lower parking lot at any time on the 30th.
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the first parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.
To obtain the up-to-date event schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar/index.cfm, as changes can occur. For more information about each event please contact Lee Sliman at 503-812-6392.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 12:37 PM
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May 31, 2012
Summer Events at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge
Come visit and explore Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge (NWR). Family friendly summer programs have started and continue through September. All programs are free and open to the public; they will include history talks, bird walks, and other interesting wonders of the refuge. The current schedule follows:
Sunday, June 3, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.
Saturday, June 23, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.
Sunday, July 8, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., History of Nestucca Bay: Join Sally Rissel, president of the Tillamook County Historical Society, to discover the history and culture at Nestucca Bay. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.
Saturday July 14, 6:30 p.m., Sunset Photography Hike: Capture the stunning sights, spectacular views and the beauty of the refuge while hiking trails and overlooking the Pacific. Bring your camera or borrow one of ours and capture the beauty of the Oregon sunset. After the sun sets, stick around to hear all the activity of the birds as they nestle in for the evening. Hike will begin promptly in the lower parking lot. Great for photo enthusiasts of all ages!
Saturday, July 28, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., Fascinating World of Birds: Members of the Audubon Society of Lincoln City will host a bird-watching hike and be available to talk with participants about the fascinating world of birds. Sturdy walking/hiking shoes are recommended.
Nestucca Bay NWR is located on the west side of Highway 101 approximately six miles south of Pacific City. To visit the refuge turn west off Highway 101 onto Christensen Road and proceed a half-mile to the parking lot. The refuge has a volunteer living onsite to answer questions for visitors and to maintain the grounds.
To obtain the up-to-date event schedule for the refuge please visit our website events page at http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/calendar/index.cfm, as changes can occur. For more information please contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550 or Dawn_Grafe@fws.gov.
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March 14, 2012
Birding and Blues Festival coming in April
Registration for the ninth annual Pacific City Birding and Blues Festival is now open at the eventâ€™s web site, www.birdingandblues.com, or by phone at (503) 965-6247.
Held April 13-15 in Pacific City, the event features a slate of birding experts including Terry Steele, a photographer whose striking bird images punctuate his passionate approach to the appreciation of nature. His presentation 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 Characteristics of the Dusky Canada Goose to Beginning Birding and Gardening for Birds â€” and much more.
For the outdoor minded, the festival features 14 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 â€” even a free Community Open House on Friday afternoon.
A free birds of prey demonstration will be offered Friday afternoon and kids can help decorate the Kiawanda Community Centerâ€™s great hall in a childrenâ€™s workshop on bird-themed art led by Kim and Mark Cavatorta of Slug Soup. Following the free community open house at 7p.m. Friday, for a nominal fee, the festival is proud to be showing the feature film, â€œThe Big Yearâ€�, starring Steve Martin and Jack Black.
For a different vantage point, birders can opt for one of the festivalâ€™s kayak excursions. Trips include a 2-hour kayak expedition on the Little Nestucca River on Saturday and Sunday. Or take an all-day birding journey on the Three Capes Scenic Tour, a 60-mile round trip that features stops along the Pacific Ocean, Netarts Bay, Cape Lookout, Cape Meares Forest and Tillamook pastures â€” 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. We welcome the â€˜Cajun Swampytonk-styleâ€™ blues sound of the Purple Cats on Friday, April 13 from 8:30-11 p.m. at the Oar House Bar & Grill (no charge, 21 or older), and the festivalâ€™s first ever double bill on Saturday, April 14, featuring the Sandy Saunders Band from 8-9:30 p.m. and The Strange Tones from 9:30-11 p.m.. Both Saturday bands will perform at the Kiawanda Community Center and are open to all ages. Admission to the Saturday bands is $10; or purchase a special pass that includes festival field trips, seminars and both concerts.
To complement the major acts at the Oar House and Community Center, Rob Richter will play two solo guitar performances on Friday and Saturday from 5-7p.m. at Twist Wine Co. (no charge, 21 or older).
For more information on the 2012 Birding & Blues Festival or to register in advance, visit www.birdingandblues.com. Early registration secures a space on your preferred hiking excursion or kayak trip.
The 2012 Birding & Blues Festival is presented by its many generous sponsors and the Pacific City-Nestucca Valley Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.
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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. Â Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â This stream channel currently passes underneath Christensen Road through a 48â€� concrete culvert, which restricts flow to 12 square feet. Â The stream has flooded and overtopped the overlying refuge entrance road during very heavy rainfall. Â Two tide gates, one of which is â€œfish-friendlyâ€�, 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). Â
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. Â This project is necessary to prevent further deterioration and subsequent failure of the asphalt road edge. Â 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. Â Scraping and regraveling is needed to continue to provide a safe, comfortable driving surface for visitors.
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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 email@example.com
. Public review and comment period begins 5/26/11 and ends 6/8/11.
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