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September 30, 2014
Service Expands Waterfowl Hunting at Bandon Marsh NWR
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is expanding opportunities to hunt waterfowl on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge). Waterfowl hunting has been offered on a portion of Bandon Marsh Refuge since it was established in 1983, but now the opportunity for the public to hunt waterfowl on the Refuge is being expanded to include an additional 286 acres on the Ni-les'tun Unit. "An expanded hunting program provides a quality wildlife-dependent opportunity and helps fulfill refuge objectives developed as part of the Bandon Marsh Refuge 15-year Management Plan," stated Roy Lowe, Project Leader for the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Lowe further stated that "Bandon Marsh Refuge is currently one of the only available public waterfowl hunting lands within the Coquille River watershed and provides hunters with an opportunity to harvest geese, ducks, and coots."

The portion of the Bandon Marsh Refuge west of Highway 101 (Bandon Marsh Unit) and outside of Bandon city limits will continue to be open for waterfowl hunting seven days a week during all authorized waterfowl seasons. Hunters will access lands west of Highway 101 by using the Refuge’s paved public parking lot located on the west side of Riverside Drive. They may also access the area by boat during higher tides from the Coquille River. Hunters should be aware that the southern 1/3 of this part of the Refuge is closed to hunting because it falls within the city limits of Bandon. The southern boundary of the public hunting area is posted with "Public Hunting Area" signs.

The latest expansion of the waterfowl hunting program occurs on refuge lands located east of U.S. Highway 101 known as the Ni-les'tun Unit. Waterfowl hunting will be allowed on 286 acres of restored tidal marsh. Hunters will be able to access the area by foot from the refuge’s parking lot along North Bank Lane and by boat from the Coquille River east of the mouth of Fahys Creek. In accordance with state waterfowl seasons, goose, duck and coot hunting in the Ni-les’tun Unit will open on October 11, 2014 and will be permitted on the unit three days per week: Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday. Goose hunting on the Bandon Marsh Unit will open October 4, and duck and coot hunting on October 11, 2014. A previous version of the news release stated an incorrect opening date for waterfowl hunting seasons. Hunters can access the unit two hours before sunrise and remain up to one hour after sunset.

State hunting license requirements apply for all waterfowl hunting on the Refuge. Refuge regulations prohibit the construction of permanent blinds on any portion of the Refuge; however, hunters may use portable blinds or build temporary blinds from on-site dead vegetation or driftwood. Temporary blinds and decoys must be removed from the Refuge following each day's hunt, and only federally approved non-toxic shot may be transported and used on the Refuge. The 2014-2015 Oregon Game Bird Regulations for waterfowl hunting can be reviewed at www.dfw.state.or.us/resources/hunting/waterfowl. For more information or a map of the areas open to hunting, visit the Bandon Marsh Refuge website (www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/index.htm) or call the Refuge at 541-867-4550.

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 11:14 AM
July 8, 2014
Construction to reduce mosquito habitat moving forward
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE

July 7, 2014

Contacts:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, megan_nagel@fws.gov
Ducks Unlimited: Devin Blankenship, 916-890-3607, dblankenship@ducks.org

Construction to Reduce Mosquito Breeding Habitat Moving Forward at Bandon Marsh

Bandon, Ore. – Ducks Unlimited and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will begin work to add tidal channels to drain mosquito breeding habitat at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge on July 15. This work is part of Service’s Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control treatments.

Ducks Unlimited awarded a contract to Magnus Pacific to construct 46,000 linear feet of new tidal channels on the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge beginning this month. Small channels up to two feet wide by two feet deep will drain breeding pools that salt marsh mosquitoes require to breed. This will also improve tidal flow within the marsh. Excavation equipment to be used will be specialized to allow operation on soft marsh surfaces without causing significant damage or creating new depressions.

"Improving tidal flow throughout the restored tidal marsh in the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge will greatly reduce mosquito breeding habitat while improving fish and wildlife habitat," said Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.

Ducks Unlimited has been working closely with Refuge staff to design and engineer the new channel system, with funds provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board. Construction is scheduled to be completed by mid-September. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will continue to work with Coos County Public Health to monitor and control mosquitoes on Bandon Marsh using the larvicide Bti until permanent habitat modifications are completed and are properly functioning.

More information on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach can be found on the refuge’s mosquito web page www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 11:45 AM
June 13, 2014
Coos County to apply larvicide at Bandon Marsh Refuge by air
JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
June 13, 2014
Contact: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Megan Nagel, 503-231-6123, megan_nagel@fws.gov or Coos County Public Health: Rick Hallmark, rhallmark@co.coos.or.us, 541-751-2431

Coos County plans to use airplane to treat Bandon Marsh Refuge with mosquito larvicide

Bandon, Ore. – This weekend, part of the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge will be treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, for the fourth time this season. The Bti is scheduled to be applied by an airplane. Neighbors should expect to see a very low-flying plane over the Ni-les'tun marsh this weekend. The aerial application of mosquito larvicide will not affect the nearby Coquille River or areas around the Ni-les'tun Unit.

The flight is scheduled for Saturday, June 14, weather permitting. Sunday, June 15, will be the fallback day if the flight needs to be rescheduled.

"Using a fixed wing aircraft, granular Bti will be applied from very low altitude reducing all drift. The application will take approximately three hours to complete," said Dan Markowski of Vector Disease Control International, the Coos County Public Health contractor that conducts the larvicide applications.

Some areas of the marsh will also be treated by hand with backpack spreaders.

A large portion of the marsh was flooded by the current high tide series and will need to be treated with the mosquito larvicide Bti. The mosquito larvae are only susceptible to Bti for a few days after they hatch, and must be treated during that time. Using the airplane to apply the mosquito larvicide is the most efficient way to treat such a large area, over 170 acres, of the marsh.

Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.

All tidal marsh areas in the refuge where mosquito larvae exceed set threshold levels will be treated as necessary throughout the summer. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti treatment is necessary.

Funding provided by the Service was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti as needed.

Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel construction to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin this July.

For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge: www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.

Coos County Public Health: www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service works with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

The mission of Coos County Public Health is to create healthy places to live, learn, work and play.
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 1:50 PM
May 21, 2014
Coos County treats Bandon Marsh with mosquito larvicide
Bandon, Ore. – The Ni-les’tun Unit of the Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge was treated with Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, from May 17-20, 2014. The granular formulation of Bti was applied by hand and backpack spreaders. All tidal marsh areas where mosquito larvae exceeded set threshold levels were treated. Monitoring will be ongoing to determine when Bti treatment is necessary.

“Coos County and the Service are continuing to work cooperatively on mosquito monitoring and treatment. Bti will be applied as needed based on the presence of larvae in the Ni-les’tun Unit.” said acting refuge manager Madeleine Vander-Heyden.

Funding, provided by the Service, was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge and nearby areas throughout the spring and summer. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti as needed. Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds.

The Service purchased 16 mosquito traps for loan to Coos County. Four were delivered to the City of Bandon on May 19 and the other 12 will be arriving by the end of the month. The city and the Coos County Vector Control Advisory Committee are expected to determine trap placement. Additionally, the Service will provide a grant of three thousand dollars to a local nonprofit who will work with the Coos County Vector Control Committee to build and deploy bat boxes around the community.

Treatment of mosquitoes with larvicide is part of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control. Tidal channel creation to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014.

For updates on the Integrated Marsh Management Approach at Bandon Marsh Refuge:
www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.
Coos County Public Health: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:16 PM
May 2, 2014
Coos County to begin treating Refuge with mosquito larvicide
Bandon, Ore. - Coos County Public Health will begin ground application of Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, on Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge starting this weekend, May 3-4, 2014. Bti is a naturally derived larvicide that kills mosquitoes in their aquatic immature life stages as they hatch in breeding pools. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds. The granular formulation will be applied by hand and backpack spreaders and restricted to areas within the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Refuge.

“Bti will effectively control mosquitoes on the Ni-les'tun Unit of the Refuge while posing a low risk to wildlife, their habitats, and the human environment. Coos County Public Health will be treating the refuge as needed throughout the summer, as determined by ongoing monitoring, to prevent larvae from developing into adults.” stated Refuge Project Leader Roy Lowe.

Funding, provided by the Service, was previously released to Coos County Public Health for monitoring and application of larvicide. The County has hired a field technician to monitor for mosquitoes on the Refuge throughout the spring and summer in concert with Refuge employees. The County has also contracted with Vector Disease Control International to apply the larvicide Bti, as needed.

Treatment of mosquito larvae could not move forward until the appropriate permitting and legal planning documents, like the two recently finalized environmental assessments, were completed. The two EAs comprise the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to control mosquitoes at the refuge through long-term habitat modification and mosquito control treatments. The channel creation work in the tidal marsh to eliminate mosquito breeding habitat is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014.

The Service evaluated and responded to comments received on the EAs. This information, the environmental assessments and more are available for review on the refuge’s mosquito web page www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html.

Coos County Public Health:
http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 3:57 PM
April 30, 2014
Mosquito Control at Bandon Marsh NWR Will Move Forward
Bandon, Ore. - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service issued a final decision on its Integrated Marsh Management Approach to monitor and control mosquitoes at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge. The decision is based on the results of two environmental assessments that examined habitat modifications and the use of larvicides to control mosquitoes. The Service has issued Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI) which describe the selected alternatives for both EAs.

Under the Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Tidal Marsh Restoration, the Service selected its preferred alternative (Alternative B). It will reduce mosquito breeding pools through improvement of tidal flow throughout the restored tidal marsh in the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Refuge. Eliminating mosquito habitat will prevent mosquito populations from expanding and will provide long-term control of mosquitoes. The work to expand the network of tidal channels is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014.

Under the Environmental Assessment for Mosquito Control, the Service selected Alternative B for implementation. Alternative B relies solely on the use of a naturally derived larvicide called Bacillus thuringiensis israelensis, or Bti, to control mosquitoes on the refuge. Bti targets mosquito larvae and is not toxic to bees, moths, butterflies, fish, mammals, or birds. Under this selected alternative the Service will not use synthetic chemical larvicides (e.g. methoprene and CocoBearTM) to reduce mosquitoes on the Refuge. After evaluating public comments collected between March 11 and April 9, 2014 and discussion with mosquito experts, the Service determined that using Bti will effectively control mosquitoes on the Ni-les'tun Unit while posing a low risk to wildlife, their habitats, and the human environment.

"Our long term goal at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge is to reduce mosquito breeding habitat, while also improving wildlife habitat on the Refuge," said Project Leader Roy Lowe. "To manage mosquito populations while those habitat modifications take place, Coos County Public Health will monitor mosquitos on the Refuge. They will treat with Bti when necessary to prevent larvae from hatching into adults and flying off of the refuge."

Monitoring, which began in early April and will continue throughout the summer, is a key component of the Integrated Marsh Management Approach. Results will be used to determine when and where to apply Bti. The Service expects this approach to minimize the number of adult mosquitoes being produced on the Refuge while using the least amount of larvicide necessary to accomplish the objective. Larvicide use will only occur on the Ni-les’tun Unit of the Refuge. The Service provided funding to Coos County Public Health to hire a field technician to monitor mosquitoes on the Refuge this season and to contract with Vector Disease Control, Inc. to apply Bti as needed on the Refuge.

"The Service will continue to coordinate closely with Coos County Public Health and Coos County Commissioners as we implement the Integrated Marsh Management Approach to mosquito control at Bandon Marsh National Wildlife Refuge," said Lowe.

Now that the final decision on the IMM Approach has been made, Coos County Public Health can begin mosquito control on the refuge when needed. The Service evaluated and responded to comments received on the EAs. This information, the EAs, FONSIs and more are available for review on the refuge’s mosquito web page www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html. You can contact the Refuge through email at oregoncoast@fws.gov or call 541-867-4550.

For more information on mosquitoes on the refuge, please visit: http://www.fws.gov/oregoncoast/bandonmarsh/Mosquito.html

Coos County Public Health: http://www.co.coos.or.us/Departments/PublicHealth.aspx
Posted by the Oregon Coast National Wildlife Refuge Complex Staff at 5:54 PM
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