Nestucca Bay Refuge Hosts Open House Event
Join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as they host an Open House at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday, October 28, 2006 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. This free interpretive and interactive event is being held to celebrate the National Wildlife Refuge System and is open to the public. Late October marks an exciting time of year at Nestucca Bay Refuge, as Aleutian cackling and Dusky Canada geese have migrated south from their breeding grounds in Alaska to their wintering grounds in western Oregon. The geese can be seen feeding on the short grass pastures at Nestucca Bay Refuge and surrounding farmlands.
During the Open House event, visitors can enjoy breathtaking views of the Coast Range, the Pacific Ocean, Cape Kiwanda and Haystack Rock as they embark on one of two simultaneous two-hour hikes around the refuge to watch wildlife and learn about the history and purposes of the refuge. One of the hikes will focus on birds, as Wildlife Refuge Specialist Dawn Grafe leads a tour around the refuge to look for large and small birds in a variety of habitats including managed pastures, woodlands, and open bay. These habitats provide safe haven for waterfowl, shorebirds, raptors, and many species of songbirds.
A second hike will be led by Project Leader Roy Lowe and will focus on the history of Nestucca Bay Refuge, the restoration of native forest, and the plans for opening a portion of the refuge to public use. A special highlight of this year's Open House event will be a tour and discussion of the proposed Cannery Hill Overlook project, which would allow the public to visit the refuge and view the wildlife and spectacular scenery. The proposed project would include improving the entrance road, creating two small parking lots, and constructing a trail and viewing deck up on Cannery Hill. Environmental documents analyzing the benefits and potential impacts of this proposed project will be available for public review in November, and visitors attending this Open House event will get an on-the-ground preview of the proposal.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will have binoculars and field guides to loan for those who would like close-up looks at wildlife. Please dress for Oregon's ever changing and often inclement weather. Meet at 9:00 am at the gravel parking area on Christensen Road (turn west onto Christensen Road off of Highway 101 and travel approximately Â½ mile) across from refuge housing. For more information contact Dawn Grafe at 541-867-4550.
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Nestucca Bay NWR receives transportation enhancement grant
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has been awarded a federal Transportation Enhancement Act grant to construct a Visitor Overlook Project on Cannery Hill at Nestucca Bay National Wildlife Refuge, in south Tillamook County. At present, the Nestucca Bay Refuge is closed to the public and has no visitor facilities. The grant provides funds to the Service for the design and construction of facilities that will enable the Service to welcome visitors to a portion of the refuge.
The proposed project includes constructing two small parking lots and a paved, disabled-accessible trail that leads to an elevated viewing deck, installing a single vault restroom at one of the parking lots, and paving the access road from Highway 101 up to the Overlook trail. The paved trail and viewing deck would be atop Cannery Hill and would afford visitors a sweeping view of the Pacific Ocean, Oregon Islands National Wildlife Refuge (Haystack Rock at Pacific City), Nestucca Bay Refuge, the Coast Range, and the Pacific Coast Scenic Byway, also known as U.S. Highway 101. Interpretive signs would be located in the parking lots and on the viewing deck and would showcase the fish and wildlife of the Nestucca Bay estuary, future tidal marsh restoration, wayfinding and orientation to the Nestucca Region, and how the refuge and the dairy community work together to provide habitat for wildlife. Public use would be restricted to the trail, viewing deck and parking lots only.
The Service is developing an Environmental Assessment (EA) for this proposed project. The EA and other supporting documents will describe and evaluate the effects of the proposed project and alternatives on fish and wildlife, refuge habitats, and the community. Gathering information for and conducting analyses associated with these documents has taken longer than expected. All of the documents will be made available for public review and comments in fall 2006. At this time, construction of this project is proposed for summer 2007.
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